I really enjoyed this short graphic novel that’s geared for children ages 7-9. In it we are introduced to Salem Hyde, a young girl who is a witch and is just learning how to cast spells. The major problem she faces is that because of her bad spelling, when she casts spells, they turn out all wrong because she doesn’t spell them right. This soon leads her to major chaos at school. Luckily for her, she’s assigned an animal companion by the name of Lord Percival J. Whamsford III. This cat is the very connection Salem needs to begin learning to spell correctly so she can then cast magic spells correctly.
I loved this funny storyline and enjoyed how Salem was causing so much chaos at school, the principal was considering expelling her. Thankfully, Percival became her animal companion and began teaching her the ins and outs of correct spell casting. I liked that the storyline was wrapped around what happens when you incorrectly spell words and ultimately showed how Salem’s world turned upside down because of her mistakes. I think children will love reading this because it’s presented in comic strip fashion. Since this is book one, I’m not sure how many books Mr. Cammuso plans on writing, but I do look forward to Salem being in other stories. Well done!
When Salem Hyde starts misspelling words in her spells, she begins to notice how bad things turn out because of those mistakes. No matter how hard she tries to correct things, she only gets herself into deeper trouble. This happens so much so, that her school principal is considering expelling her. Luckily for her, an animal companion by the name of Lord Percival J. Whamsford III shows up, by suggestion of one of her relatives, and he starts teaching her that when she spells correctly, her spells will actually happen correctly. Is Percival able to help Salem enough so she learns when she spells correctly, her magic spells will turn out correctly?
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!