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Knights of the Lunch Table #01: The Dodgeball Chroniclesby Frank Cammuso
Synopses & Reviews
New student Artie King is a nice, comics-loving kid who just wants to ease into life at Camelot Middle School without attracting too much attention. But by second period, Artie already has enemies. He tripped Camelot's mean principal by mistake. An older kid isn't happy about the lunch he stole from Artie. (Well, Artie tried to warn him that sandwich was made by his pesky sister...out of boogers and soap!) And Artie just can't seem to stay out of the way of big Mo and The Horde, the bunch of brawny bullies who rule the school.
To top it off, Artie has been assigned a funky old locker that no one has ever been able to open. Artie can do it, though, and finds the locker mysteriously full of all kinds useful stuff. He's also made a few pals in the lunchroom, Percy and Wayne, and the science teacher, Mr. Merlyn, who seems weird but nice.
W hen a humiliated Mo fails to open Artie's locker, he challenges him and his pals to a do-or-die dodgeball game. The Horde vs. The Knights of the Lunch Table. Losers get creamed.
On game night, the Knights' gym clothes disappear. Artie handily finds new ones in the locker (okay, the tee-shirts are pink...). But that doesn't help the Knights in the dodgeball ring, where The Horde is just picking them off. Another visit to the locker and Artie's back with a secret weapon: Percy's missing pet spider. Mo is afraid of spiders, big-time. The score is about to be evened!
"Cammuso has created a big, bright, funny, page-turning first volume of stories very loosely based on the King Arthur stories and laced with other literary references. Young readers will identify with the characters and ask for more." Kirkus Reviews
"Cammuso's text is witty and his cartoons energetic; his pictures speak as clearly as his words. A good start for the Knights of the Lunch Tale series." Booklist
"[A] funny, fast-paced tale....The appealing illustrations are full of color, action, and life." School Library Journal
New student Artie King is a nice, comics-loving kid who just wants to ease into life at Camelot Middle School without attracting too much attention. But by second period, Artie already has enemies.
Salem Hyde just isnand#8217;t like other kids. For one thing, sheand#8217;s stubborn, independent, and impulsive. For another, sheand#8217;s a witch. Salem acts first and thinks laterand#151;which means most of her thinking involves coming up with excuses!and#160;
Good thing sheand#8217;s been assigned an animal companion, Lord Percival J. Whamsford III. This over-anxious cat doesnand#8217;t like Salem calling him and#147;Whammy,and#8221; and Salem doesnand#8217;t like listening to his long-winded explanations as to why she shouldnand#8217;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 thereand#8217;s nothing like a misspelled spell to cause all kinds of havoc!
Praise for The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book One
"A fledgling witch receives necessary guidance from a talking cat in this utterly adorable page-turnerand#133; A delightful buddy story and an auspicious series opener; be sure to make room on shelves for Salem and Whammy."
and#151;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Itand#8217;s just about the perfect story for comics-loving fathers to read with their comics-loving daughters."
and#151;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Cammuso evokes both the sarcastic spunk and gentle warmth of Calvin and Hobbes in this humorous tale of unlikely pals."
and#151;The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books
"Young readers will eat up Cammusoand#8217;s (Ottoand#8217;s Orange Day, 2008) action-packed panels, full of cartoonish antics, silly puns, and playful slapstick humor."
"The humor, appealing artwork, and underlying message of friendship will attract readers."
and#151;Library Media Connection
Ah, the great outdoors. Tents, sleeping bags, nature walks, campfires . . . and maybe a few spells thrown in for good measure! In this entry in the series, Salem takes her first camping trip with the Squirrel Girls, but neither Whammy nor Salem is cut out for roughing it. Salem believes a bit of magic will smooth the way . . . but as usual, it creates more problems than it solves. Salem and Whammy are an irresistible duo in a book perfect for the youngest independent readers.
About the Author
Frank Cammuso is the Eisner Award–nominated creator of the Max Hamm, Fairy Tale Detective graphic novels. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and Newsweek. He lives in Syracuse, New York.
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