The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 4: Dinosaur Dilemma by Frank Cammuso
Harry N. Abrams, 2015. 978-1419715358
Synopsis: Salem has a science project to finish…that was due two days ago. But she has a plan: she’s going to go to the museum to explore their Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit to get some inspiration. Except that the dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Alive! aren’t alive…until Salem uses her magic to bring them to life. And when she gets a pet Velociraptor to use for her science project, Salem thinks she’s got it made in the shade.
Why I picked it up: I like to read something light hearted and funny to balance out my more serious reading selections.
Why I finished it: Salem’s antics continue as we venture into this fourth book, and we are just as much in love with her as we were at the beginning. I have to admire the way that she looks at things and wants to make things a little bit more interesting. She’s definitely not a girl who is going to settle for the ordinary, even if it sometimes gets her into some trouble. So even though she’s left her science project until the last minute – as most anyone could do – she has big ideas about how to make it the best ever. Readers with pets will particularly enjoy this book; watching Salem and Whammy try to wrangle Nipper the Velociraptor proves to be a little bit too much. On the one hand, Salem has a lot of good material for her project; on the other, the baby Velociraptor is growing bigger and bigger every day. As with the previous books, Salem will need Whammy and a little bit of luck in order to fix her dinosaur dilemma. Also, I just noticed this, but the book titles (Trouble, Catastrophe, Dilemma) play into the ‘Misadventures’ portion of the series title. It’s a clever touch. I also liked the bit of yellow that is infused into the drawings in this volume. It gives it that same fun, lighthearted feel as its predecessors. It’s a cute story and a great addition to your shelf that is sure to engage readers of all ages.
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 3: Cookie Catastrophe 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