Pure Dead Magic, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


All is not well at StregaSchloss, home of the bizarre but lovable Strega-Borgia clan.

Mum's attempts to improve her witchcraft skills are failing miserably.

Dad has stormed out in a fit of pique. Titus is virtually umbilically attached to his computer.

Pandora is seriously bored. And, Baby Damp is getting her fat little fingers into everything around.

Enter wonder - nanny Mrs McLachlan - she'll soon sort out the Strega-Borgia children, and their parents too, but will she cope with the presence of mythical beasts in the basement, to say nothing of the unexpected arrival of four hit-men, including one in a rabbit suit?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780552547574



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I thoroughly enjoyed this! Very funny with tongue-in-cheek British humour (well, Scottish, actually), I found myself laughing out loud several times and chuckling quietly many times. This family is very unique but endearing, think of a Scottish Addams Family. For the first half of the book, the plot was a bit slow as each chapter seemed to be more of a vignette than part of the story-line, but by the middle of the book the action picked up. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Unfortunate Events books but be warned that this book is a bit 'gross' at times (large mythical beasts do eat bad guys), so definitely not for the very young or sensitive. I'll certainly be reading the next in the series.

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