Gryphon Award 2006
ALA Notable Book for Children 2006
Synopses & Reviews
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!
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! and#160;
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
"Jennifer Holm (Our Only May Amelia) and her brother Matthew Holm, a graphic designer, make an incursion on Captain Underpants territory with these comic books about a girl mouse. Both tales share eye-grabbing black-and-pink graphics, and a perceptible Spiegelman influence simmers in the energetic ink illustrations of the dot-eyed heroine. Queen of the World! introduces Babymouse and her nemesis, a popular cat named Felicia Furrypaws. Babymouse desperately wants an invitation to Felicia's slumber party (which she feels could confer 'queen' status), although her best friend Wilson the Weasel expects her to watch monster movies with him that night. Fantasy sequences testify to Babymouse's reading habit and active imagination: in one reverie, she's Babymouserella, transformed into a princess by 'fairy godweasel' Wilson, but undone by Felicia on the way to the ball ('In 'Cinderella,' the mouse pulls the carriage. Duh!'). A sequel, Our Hero, centers on a gym class where unathletic Babymouse faces dodgeball whiz Felicia. Before the competition, Babymouse daydreams of boot camp, stomps on her antagonist as 'Babymousezilla' and indulges in a Peter Pan sequence where a combined Felicia-Hook makes her walk the plank into the jaws of a crocodile (who doubles as the gym teacher). The Holms make humorous allusions to novels and movies, and interject sympathetic remarks from an offstage narrator. This personable, self-conscious mouse, with her penchant for pink hearts, resembles Kevin Henkes's Lilly, with some extra years of grade-school experience. Ages 7-10." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"New readers will appreciate the familiar situations, humorous asides, and easy-to-digest plots; the graphic format is easy to follow." Hornbook Guide to Children
"Both story and art take full advantage of the lively possibilities of Babymouse turned loose from school...to explore the larger world with an imagination run wild." Booklist
"[A] quick, funny tale that ends on a warm note, with Babymouse discovering that wipeouts are more fun when shared with her biggest little fan." Kirkus Reviews
"Babymouse has a distinct voice and is a real charmer." School Library Journal
andquot;Ironic, dead-pan, and slapstick humor balance the warm sincerity and vulnerability of the characters in this brilliant debut volume of this easy-reader series in comic book format.andquot;
Praise for Mr. Pants, It's Go Time!
"Readers... will find plenty to recognize in this familys harried day of activities and errands, while enjoying Mr. Pants lighthearted comeuppances." --Publishers Weekly
"Laugh-outloud hilarious." -- Booklist
It's the same thing every day for Babymouse. Where is the glamour? The excitement? The adventure? Nothing ever changes, until...Babymouse hears about Felicia Furrypaws's exclusive slumber party. Will Babymouse get invited? Will her best friend, Wilson, forgive her if she misses their monster movie marathon? Find out in Babymouse: Queen of the World, a graphic novel with attitude!
It’s the same thing every day for Babymouse. Where is the glamour? The excitement? The adventure? Nothing ever changes, until . . . Babymouse hears about Felicia Furrypaws’s exclusive slumber party. Will Babymouse get invited? Will her best friend, Wilson, forgive her if she misses their monster movie marathon? Find out in Babymouse: Queen of the World, a graphic novel with attitude!
Brother-and-sister team MATTHEW HOLM and JENNIFER L. HOLM are the creators of the award-winning Babymouse and Squish series. Jennifer is also the author of several acclaimed novels, including three Newbery Honor winners, Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. Matthew Holm is a graphic designer and freelance writer. To find out more, visit Babymouse.com.
Young witch Salem Hyde is stubborn, impulsive, and loves flying. Her cat companion, Whammy, is nervous, careful, and loves staying on the ground. Somehow, though, theyandrsquo;re best friends. In this second book in the series, Salem is invited to a birthday party, and she wants to make sure everything goes perfectly. But from the invitations to the presents, party games, and spells gone awry, nothing happens exactly the way it should, and sheandrsquo;ll need Whammyandrsquo;s help to sort it all out.
Praise for The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book Two
andquot;Cammusoandrsquo;s lively art conveys wonderful expressions with just a few strokes, and young readers will enjoy the humor of Salemandrsquo;s predicaments. Salem manages to give Edgar a memorable birthday party, and readers a very fun book.andquot;
andquot;With lots of laughs and lots of heart, this sophomore offering doesnandrsquo;t disappoint.andquot;
andquot;Salem Hyde is a whimsical character. The bright two-color pink and black illustrations convey the spunky heroineandrsquo;s energy. Dark shadows lend volume and height where needed. Frames, wide and magnified in varying degrees, are filled with action and high jinks.andquot;
--School Library Journal
Sleeping Beauty gets a feisty, furry twist in this hilarious new comic series from the creator of Dragonbreath
Harriet Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. She may be quite stunning in the rodent realm (you'll have to trust her on this one), but she is not so great at trailing around the palace looking ethereal or sighing a lot. She finds the royal life rather . . . dull. One day, though, Harriet's parents tell her of the curse that a rat placed on her at birth, dooming her to prick her finger on a hamster wheel when she's twelve and fall into a deep sleep. For Harriet, this is most wonderful news: It means she's invincible until she's twelve! After all, no good curse goes to waste. And so begins a grand life of adventure with her trusty riding quail, Mumfrey...until her twelfth birthday arrives and the curse manifests in a most unexpected way.
Perfect for fans of Babymouse and Chris Colfer's Land of Stories, this laugh-out-loud new comic hybrid series will turn everything you thought you knew about princesses on its head.
Fans of Bad Kitty, Wimpy Kid,
and Fly Guy
will love this brand new graphic novel chapter books series!
Meet Mr. Pants! Its the last day of summer, which means the last chance for fun, and he really, really wants to play laser tag. But his sisters have other ideasthe Fairy Princess Dream Factory? Gah! Good thing Mr. Pants knows how to get what he wantsand have a blast doing it.
About the Author
Holm is the grandniece of Alice Amelia Holm. She produces television commercials.