Lydia’s Golden Drum

| August 27, 2013

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Lydia's Golden Drum

Feast your eyes, once more, on Planet Plenti, Lydia’s delicious world … where tangy candies, sweetmeats and beverages season and zest the very earth … where the Jampyr sorceress Kafeena has been brewing her vile plans for revenge … and where Lydia, with her toffee tin drum, must embark on a dangerous voyage … A journey across the Spyssi isles: a place of sages, firebirds, liquor lakes, a place where the night sky is all ablaze with cosmic sweets. An adventure to find and defeat the Jampyra, and cure the world of Kafeena forever.

A stand-alone adventure ~ but also a sequel of sorts, to ‘Lydia’s Tin Lid Drum’. This magical fantasy sees Lydia and her companions journey across the Spyssi isles, to find and defeat the sorceress Kafeena and her army of Jampyr creatures.

For a reading age of 10 years and upwards.

reviews for ‘Lydia’s Tin Lid Drum’:

“Lydia’s Tin Lid Drum is the amazing debut novel by Neale Osborne … It’s destined to become a children’s classic.” – Debbie Waldon, ‘Booktime’

“Mad, but tantalisingly different for the over 10s.” – Nicola Smyth, ‘Independent on Sunday’

“what a pleasure to read such an original book which plays with language with such dexterity!” – Rosamund Charlish, ‘The School Librarian’

“a sumptuous feast of a book,” Lorne Jackson, ‘Birmingham Post’

“This quirky, original book with full-blown characters to love and hate really captured my attention; Osborne has an unusual style, but when I got into the story, I began to love it. An exciting story plot with sweetie themes to delight children.” reviewer, ‘Amazon’

“Part girls-own adventure, part mechanical-nightmare and part toffee, this extraordinary novel is a rich mix of flavours and inventiveness.” Benjamin Scott, ‘Carousel’

“I loved this book! When I began to read, I thought it was a girls’ book, but I was wrong. The theme of the book is a mix between mind, fiction and food. This book is really enjoyable, but I think it might appeal more to younger readers.” Gordon Horne, ‘Teen Titles’

“Lydia’s Tin Lid Drum is a most extraordinary story. Debut author, Neale Osborne, has a most unusual style of writing that is almost more poetry than prose … as a piece of writing to admire, it is one heck of an achievement.” – Mark Robson, ‘Trapped by Monsters’

“Set on a hugely inventive and original world … this is a fast-moving adventure …” Julia Eccleshare, ‘Lovereading 4 Kids’

“This book’s chapters entice us through memory lanes full of love hearts and pineapple cubes – all the way to Afters at the end … Brush your teeth as soon as you have read it!” Lee Turley, ‘Booktime’

“This story is a strange mix of sweets and runaway children and dragons and witches. It has flavours of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ or ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and is a richly created fantasy world that the author has carefully mapped out and describes in detail.” Ruth Ng, ‘The Bookbag’

“The story is highly inventive, wrapped in a crazy world of confectionery and food … At times, the wordplay dazzles with wit and originality…” Anne Faundez, ‘Books for Keeps’

about the author ~
Neale Osborne was born in 1970, in Birmingham, England.
His debut novel ‘Lydia’s Tin Lid Drum’ was published by Oxford Children’s Books, in Autumn 2009.
A freelance artist since 1992, Neale’s illustrations and caricatures have appeared in a wide variety of places: on posters and packaging, on stage, in exhibitions, and publications such as the Times Literary Supplement, The Gramophone, Mojo and programmes for the BBC Proms.

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