We have some of Frank Cammuso's "Knights of the Lunch Table" books in our library and they are very popular. So I tried out Spelling Trouble which is the first book in his series - The Misadventures of Salem Hyde. Salem will make you laugh out loud with her sassy attitude and determination. Although her parents cannot do magic, Salem and her mom's aunt can. After Salem turns a teacher at her school into a dinosaur, Aunt Martha decides that Salem needs a magical animal companion to help her learn control. Salem requests a unicorn, but she gets a cat named Whammy. Whammy has an attitude of his own, so it takes awhile for the two of them to become friends.
This is a good book for readers who enjoy humorous graphic novels or funny school stories in general. The illustrations are black and white, but they are drawn with such clear facial expressions and sound effects that you don't need colors for the story to come alive.
I would recommend it to anyone who likes The Knights of the Lunch Table, Big Nate, and other books of that sort.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The book will be in stores on October 1, 2013.
Salem has her own FaceBook page and here is a link to the author's website.