The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 3: Cookie Catastrophe by Frank Cammuso
Harry N. Abrams, 2014. 978-1419711992
Synopsis: Salem can’t seem to stick to anything; she’s more apt to give up than she is to finish. So when she joins the Squirrel Scouts, Whammy doesn’t have high hopes. But maybe mean girl Shelly and a cookie competition will give Salem the motivation she needs to see her commitment through. When she wins a camping trip for her troop, she’s not met with a lot of enthusiasm. Will magic be able to make the camping memorable, or will things end in disaster?
Why I picked it up: This series is so gosh darn cute and I love reading about Salem’s creativity in solving her magical mishaps.
Why I finished it: I think one of the reasons I like this series so much is that we were all like Salem. We all get a little tired when we are starting something out and not seeing the results we want, but just like Salem, we learn that if we stick with things, amazing things happen. I remember being in Girl Scouts and having to sell cookies, the difficulty of going door to door never knowing if you were going to make a sale. We feel for Salem when she wants to give up, but Whammy and her desire to stick it to Shelly eventually win out. Even when she gets herself into a sticky situation on the trip to Camp Mystuk, Salem manages to figure out a solution that makes sure everyone – well, almost everyone – comes away happy. The black and white drawings are accented with orange in this book, adding to the quirky quality of the story. Plus, it gives it a unique look next to the other books in the series – creating a sort of mini-rainbow on the shelf. Cammuso’s humor and ability to understand the minds of younger readers really come across on the pages. It’s a comic that celebrates what we can do if we persevere and the joys of finishing a task.
Other related materials: The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 1: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso; The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 2: Big Birthday Bash, The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 4: Dinosaur Dilemma by Frank Cammuso; The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 5: Frozen Fiasco by Frank Cammuso; The Knights of the Lunch Table books by Frank Cammuso; Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke; Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke; The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke; Lunch Lady books by Jarrett J. Krosoczka; Babymouse books by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm; Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy books by D.J. Steinberg; Missile Mouse books by Jake Parker; Secrets of a Lab Rat books by Trudi Trueit, illustrated by Jim Palliot; Frankie Pickle books by Eric Wight; Amulet books by Kazu Kibuishi