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Pure Dead Wicked Hardcover – August 27, 2002

Book 2 of 6 in the Pure Dead Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Pure Dead
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st American ed edition (August 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375814116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375814112
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Debi Gliori follows up the darkly humorous Pure Dead Magic with Pure Dead Wicked. This time around, the Strega-Borgia family must take up residence in the Auchenlochtermuchty Arms after their roof collapses, and the reconstruction crew conspires to destroy rather than repair their home. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-Titus, 12; his sister Pandora, 10; and baby Damp are back in this sequel to Pure Dead Magic (Knopf, 2001). This time, their beloved ancestral home is under siege by an unscrupulous roofer and his real-estate developer friends. The Strega-Borgias are forced to move to the Auchenlochtermuchty Arms while the workman proceeds to divest their home of its roof tiles and deposit them in a nearby loch. In the end, but with much going on in between, StregaSchloss is saved, and the family has their home back. Gliori has created another fantasy romp, complete with computer-generated clones of Titus and Pandora, evil businessmen bent on developing suburban Scotland, and a dragon laying an egg. While the characters are stock, the story will make children roar with laughter. There is the prerequisite humor for this age group including a rather unclean yeti and baby Damp's preoccupation with flushing the mail down the toilet. For those who appreciated the first book, this installment will not disappoint.
Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

A good read for this upcoming Halloween.
E. A Solinas
Well anywys this is a great book for ages 10 to 13...but if you are younger or older then you might enjoy this too!
Mary Craft
I bought this book for my nephews, and decided to read it before giving it away.
Moe811

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In "Pure Dead Magic," Deb Gliori introduced us to the eccentric Strega-Borgia family in an ancestral Scottish castle, StregaSchloss. Now she takes their story a few steps further, in a hotel stay and house repair difficulty bad enough to induce cold sweats in the middle of the night. It's a charming sequel with the same quirky cast and unabashed low humor, and kids will love it.
The roof of StregaSchloss is not just leaking, but falling off. After a slate demolishes the family car and a deluge of water destroys the library, Signor Strega-Borgia moves the family out to a hotel until the problem can be rectified. Unfortunately, the family not only includes his wife, his kids Titus Pandora and Damp, and the family nurse, but also the pet dragon, griffin, yeti and crocodile. (The cryogenically frozen grandmother, the spider, and the rats all stay behind)
Mayhem begins immediately. A desperate real estate dealer begins trying to persuade Signor Strega-Borgia to sell the castle to him (so he can "develop" the area), and the predatory owner of the hotel, Mrs. Froves-Campbell, tries to seduce him. The pets cause assorted problems. The roof of StregaSchloss vanishes, prompting the horrified Signor Strega-Borgia to sell. And Titus cooks up a scheme to clone himself and Pandroa -- except instead of two full-sized clones, he accidently creates hundreds of tiny ones. With an army of unruly clones, a decaying castle, a pregnant dragon, a murderous hotel owner, and a tiny jar of vanishing cream, Pandora and Titus definitely have their hands full.
Gliori manages to sidestep one of the major flaws of many sequels, which is making the sequel too much like the first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My children (9 & 12) listened to this on tape and LOVED it. It's funny and intelligent, acccesible to children but full of jokes for adults as well. There's a little magic, a devoted family (and both parents are alive!) whose ancient castle (with Granny frozen in the freezer) is under attack by a villainous builder, Hugh Pylum Height, and a wild combination of the new (laptops) and the old (Nanny) to ensure that all will end happily. How can you resist a book with a baby named Damp, a son who conjures up tiny clones who won't behave, and a pet Yeti who takes direct action against the villains?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on September 20, 2002
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I bought this book for my nephews, and decided to read it before giving it away. The Strega Borgia family is even funnier than ever in this book. Their tumble down castle's roof is falling in and they have to move out so that the contractors can work. Little do they know that the evil contractor want to buy the castle cheap, so that he can build a cheap housing development. He and his crew do their best to destroy the castle. The family has to live in an hotel in the nearby village. The dragon, crocodile, yeti and griffin aren't exactly welcome. The proprietress has designs on Luciano, and Titus is using his computer to make clones. Pandora is upset about leaving Multitudina and Tarantella behind. Then, there is the mystery of the Strega Borgia diamond.
This is a really great book for both children and adults. It makes bedtime stories a little more fun for everyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I thought that this book was really good and I enjoyed it a lot. It is a great sequal to Pure Dead Magic.
The story starts with the same character, plus a few new ones. The family ends up having to stay in a local hotel, because their house is under going fixing.
But, a simple stay in a hotel, it isn't. First, their "pets" cause crazyness everywhere, also their are bad guys destroying their home, Titus and Pandora have created a horde of pink clones and also, last but not lest, their dragon has just discovered that it is a girl. And pregnant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Craft on March 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This wasn't a book where you HAD to keep reading or you would die...it was more a hahaha this is hilarious and a book you would pick up for some light reading. It was a mix of Artemis Fowl plot and Lemony Snicket humour. It was a book full of mystery and laughter. If you liked Lemony Snicket or Artemis Fowl then this is your kind of book. It is sarcastic, witty and has subtle ironic humour that is buried just below the surface. If you like to laugh then read this book...and the prequel which is Pure Dead Magic. All that sums this book up is well...funfun you got it! (like as in bk u got it!) Well anywys this is a great book for ages 10 to 13...but if you are younger or older then you might enjoy this too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin A. Himes on September 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my children and found that I, too, was enthralled by the story. What a wonderful book! I hope Ms. Gliori continues with the series! It would make an excellent movie!
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