Sunday, June 19, 2011
Book Review: Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori
My friend K loaned this to me a year ago, promising it was cute and fun, which it was. A little bit derivative, but not in a way most kids would pick up on. To me, it was basically like a Lemony Snicket book, but with computers. Three kids, the youngest still crawling and not talking with a funny name (Damp), get into some trouble, have parents who aren't much help, a funny nanny, and a lot of odd monsters as pets/guard dogs. They all (including the mother) think their father has left when in fact he's been kidnapped by his brother, a mafia don. The end result of the mobsters sent to kill the family was quite amusing, the nanny is excellent but unfortunately not used enough (in my opinion) and it's nice for once to have a fantasy book for middle readers where the protagonist children aren't orphans. The addition of computers might make this book a little more palatable for boys, although it's also aging the book quickly - a CD-rom drive figures significantly.
There is always room on the shelf for a brief, amusing, middle grade book with a good lesson (don't fight with your siblings, don't try to feed every prospective nanny to the crocodile), decent action, and a happy family.
This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.
I borrowed this book from a friend.