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Pure Dead Batty (Pure Dead #5)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  289 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Autumn has come to StregaSchloss, and as the days grow dark, an even darker depression has come over the Strega-Borgia family. Ever since the disappearance of their beloved nanny, Mrs. McLachlan, nothing has been the same. To make matters worse, Luciano has been wrongfully charged with her murder and thrown into prison. Never has the family needed Mrs. McLachlan so badly! ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 14th 2007 by Yearling (first published June 2nd 2005)
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Sep 18, 2009 Liz added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
A lot darker and less funny than the first trilogy of the series.
i thought this book would be a bit gloomy, a bit gothic and a lot fun. (plus it's got "batty" in the title.) young readers with a little twist. unfortunately, i didn't much care for it. it reminded me a bit of the "series of unfortunate events" books, of which i've read only one or two. (i didn't care for those either.) i didn't really like reading about the strega-borgia family who lives on the shores of lochnagargoyle in the town of auchenlochtermuchty - i can't imagine a 10 year old being int ...more
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i just love this series. funny spooky–like the addams family, only maybe more funny and less spooky than them. favorite quote lfrom this one? “the lilac room was for lady guests in cashmere and pearls; ladies for whom sorcery was something you put your teacup down upon; ladies who believed that wicca could be purchased at a local garden center.”
Gliori's tone in these books is always just over the top--like a drag queen with just that little bit too much makeup and just slightly too large fake breasts--but she's so much fun (and she throws in sufficient occasional intriguing metaphysical position statements) that you just give in and enjoy the narrative ride.
Just amazing. Hilarious adventures, & a portrait of a family that, while very strange indeed, are as close & loving as it is possible to be.
Although this is much the same in tone and even - partially - plot-wise, as every other book in the series, it manages to keep somehow fresh.
Liz Yardley
Too many characters with a plot that felt too chaotic. I'm afraid I didn't finish this book.
I am sad that there is only one more book to read. This set has been a lot of fun.
Aug 11, 2007 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Addams family fans
Shelves: fantasy
Another wacky tale in the Pure Dead series, which guarantee to make you smile.
i hope this book is good. cuz it looks good in the cover. LOL;]
Dec 07, 2008 Alex marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
almost done the whole series can't wait to read!!!!
Too quirky for me...
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Debi Gliori (born 1959) is a Scottish author and illustrator of children's books.
She grew up as an only child in Glasgow, and when young began drawing and writing stories. She started writing children's books in 1976, and attended art school in Edinburgh from 1979 to 1984. She then received a travelling scholarship award to go to Milan, and worked as a freelance from 1984 onwards.
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