FICTION

The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Dinosaur Dilemma

96p. (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Bk. 4). Abrams/Amulet. 2015. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781419715341; pap. $7.95. ISBN 9781419715358.
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Gr 2–5—When Salem decides that the "Dinosaurs Alive" exhibit at the museum is misleadingly named, the young witch rectifies things, bringing statues of prehistoric creatures to all-too-vivid life. When she comes across a baby velociraptor, she knows the success of her science project is assured, but her talking feline sidekick Whammy's not so sure. Fans of the likes of "Calvin and Hobbes" will inhale this comic strip-style graphic novel series. Mischievous and impulsive, Salem is a Calvin-esque heroine for the next generation, and the book is pure gleeful fun, laced with heart and some food for thought.
Young witch Salem and her cat pal Whammy visit a dinosaur exhibit for her science-fair project. Bored with the static dinosaurs, Salem casts a spell that brings them to life and ends up taking home a real dinosaur egg instead of the toy one she purchased. Another hilarious addition to the series, this early graphic novel provides tons of visual jokes.

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