A second instalment in the life of the highly original Strega-Borgia family and their dungeon-dwelling pet beasts.
Debi Gliori is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the very popular Mr Bear series. She won the Children's Book Award picture book section, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1997. Her backlist in Doubleday/Corgi includes TELL ME SOMETHING HAPPY BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP and THE VERY SMALL. PURE DEAD MAGIC, the start of a trilogy, was her first novel. The second part, PURE DEAD WICKED was published in April 2002. Debi lives in Scotland, near Edinburgh.
"A wildly entertaining, over-the-top, exuberant brew of domestic upheaval, Strega-Borgia style. Gliori knows family interaction and she relates it with gusto, her skill as a storyteller characterised by her ability to take what her readers will know and wrap it up as something extraordinary" -- Lindsey Fraser Scotsman "A breezy combination of wild charicature, computer-savvy contemporary sensibility and lavatorial jokes that should appeal to nine to twelve year olds" The Sunday Times "Adopts a relentless narrative pace. There's only one tempo permitted - fast-forward ... Wonderful read-aloud material" TES "Terrific invention, magic, jokes and an excellent narrative style" -- Tony Bradman Daily Telegraph