Friday, August 2, 2013

The Misadventures of Salem Hyde - Book One: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso (Children's graphic Novel)

Salem Hyde just isn’t like other kids. For one thing, she’s stubborn, independent, and impulsive. For another, she’s a witch. Salem acts first and thinks later—which means most of her thinking involves coming up with excuses! Good thing she’s been assigned an animal companion, Lord Percival J. Whamsford III. This over-anxious cat doesn’t like Salem calling him “Whammy,” and Salem doesn’t like listening to his long-winded explanations as to why she shouldn’t do something . . . like enter the class spelling bee. Salem knows she can beat all her classmates at spells, no problem. Too late, she realizes the competition is about spelling words, not magic. And there’s nothing like a misspelled spell to cause all kinds of havoc! I found this book rather charming. it has the old school, quick fire wit of Calvin and Hobbs or Dennis the Menace. It reads like a simple newspaper strip, albe it in a slightly longer panel format. The story is based around a fifties retro art style, or perhaps the reinterpretation - ala Spumco (the makers of Ren and Stimpy) but the humour and wit is very clean. it would definitly suit a 10 year old - mine's read it four times to date -"Finally something decent on your Kindle, Dad!"

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