What kind of trouble has Salem Hyde gotten into this time?

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Did you know that Frank Cammuso wrote and drew The Misadventures of Salem Hyde Spelling Trouble, in his pajamas? The fact is in a cartoon at the end of the book.

Did you know that Frank Cammuso wrote and drew The Misadventures of Salem Hyde Spelling Trouble, in his pajamas? The fact is in a cartoon at the end of the book.  In fact, the whole book is done in cartoons which makes the book fun to read.

 

Salem Hyde is different than the other kids at her school.  She is a witch. Salem isn’t the only witch in the family. Her great aunt Martha is a witch too. The family keeps the information a secret. Nobody at Salem’s school knows she is a witch.  Salem’s parents get her an animal helper, a cat named Whammy to help her keep out of mischief at school. Whammy is a special cat. First of all, he talks. Second, he makes contracts with people. The contract that he makes with Salem’s family is if he stays for more than a week, he will stay for a whole year. If he leaves before a week is up, he will never come back. He thinks he will be gone by Tuesday because he does not like the look of Salem Hyde at first.

 

The main story of the book happens when Salem enters a spelling bee and thinks it’s competition on how to cast spells. Boy was she wrong, but she doesn’t realize this. When she casts a spell during the spelling bee, all kinds of trouble breaks out.  She needs Whammy to make things normal again with the help of his special potion.  The story includes flying, a cat loving 2 year old who lives next-door, and a strict teacher.

 

I like this book because it was a fun story and the drawings were detailed enough to make it fun, but not overwhelming. If you like magic, witches, cats and “spelling,” then this is the book for you. It’s a fun and adventurous book with plenty of action.