A talking spider in the attic and a crocodile in the moat. Titus in his bedroom. Baby damp in her nappy and Pandora in a strop. Add a stressed-out witch for a mum, a kidnapped dad and a nanny who puts Mary Poppins to shame and you'll conjure up family life at StregaSchloss. It's bizarre! All is not well at StregaSchloss, home of the bizarre but lovable Strega-Borgia clan.
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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?
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Debi Gliori is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the very popular Mr Bear series. Pure Dead Magic , which introduced the Strega-Borgias, was her first novel. Our Lists. In Victorian England in the s, widowed undertaker Cedric Brown has seven unruly children. He is clumsy and loves his children, but since the death of his wife, has spent little time with them and cannot handle them. The children have had a series of nannies, whom they have systematically driven out by their bad behaviour.
They also take great pleasure in terrorizing their cook, Mrs. Besides their father, the only one the children will ever listen to is Evangeline, the family's uneducated but sweet-natured scullery maid. One day, Cedric discovers multiple references for a "Nanny McPhee" throughout the home.
That same night during a storm, the children cause havoc in the kitchen at the same time Cedric sees a shadow behind the door and opens it to reveal a frighteningly hideous woman, who states that she is Nanny McPhee and is a "government nanny". With discipline and a little magic , she transforms the family's lives.
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In the process, she becomes more beautiful each time the children learn a lesson. Her warts and unibrow disappearing, her long tooth and oversized nose shrinking and her wiry greying hair becoming lustrous and auburn. The children, led by the eldest son Simon, try to play their tricks on her, but gradually start to respect her and ask her for advice.
They change to responsible people helping their clumsy father in solving the family problems, making Nanny McPhee less and less needed. The family is financially supported by Cedric's late wife's domineering and nearsighted aunt Lady Adelaide Stitch, who demands custody over one of the children.
She first wants Christianna Chrissie , one of the daughters, but maid Evangeline volunteers and Adelaide agrees, assuming she is one of the daughters. She also threatens to reduce the family to poverty unless Cedric remarries within the month; the family would lose the house, and they would not be able to stay together.
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