Reader Reviewed The Nothing to See Here Hotel by Steven Butler
  

The Nothing to See Here Hotel

Written by Steven Butler
Illustrated by Steven Lenton

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March 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: hilarious adventures in a very unusual hotel

Any young reader who enjoys funny, surprising, brilliantly inventive stories should check into The Nothing to See Here Hotel IMMEDIATELY. They’ll be welcomed by Frankie Banister, son of the owners and great-great-great-grandson of troll legend Regurgita Glump, who still lives on the hotel’s top floor. Frankie does a great job introducing the hotel and its bizarre assortment of magical guests and staff, including chef Nancy, the giant Orkney Brittle-Back spider, and Ooof the ogre doorman. The story takes off with the arrival of goblin prince Grogbah and his enormous entourage. He’s a very difficult guest, and is Granny right when she decides he’s up to something sneakerish? The plot zips along like the best-oiled luggage trolley and Butler and Lenton make readers feel completely at home in the extraordinary world they’ve created. A 5* reading experience and the first in a new series to boot.

Children of 7 to 9 are being really well-served by authors at the moment, and those who enjoy this book will also love the Amelia Fang series and Kaye Umansky’s Witch for a Week. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ollie Hopwood and Toby Hopwood, age 8 and 6 - 'This book does what the very best children’s books do – it provides a good dollop of stinky literary compost in which to grow kid’s creativity and individuality in a world full of boring rules.'
  • Lucas Blake, age 7 - 'This book is weird, exciting and funny! Even though a very loud Granny Troll uses a yell-a-phone, this story is about keeping secrets. So if you read this book, keep what you learn to yourself!'
  • Rob, age 8 - 'A very funny book with lots of weird characters in it. I really liked this book. It is very funny, especially the ending.'
  • Sam Briggs, age 8 - 'This book is rib-tickingly funny! 10/10...This is a hilarious adventure full of excitement and I will recommend this book to everyone!'
  • Aggie Daniels, age 7 - 'I loved Frankie Bannister... I love all the magical stuff in this book. Just don't ask about the tower.'
  • Sam and Jack Radford, age 7 and 5 - 'We kept wanting to read more! We laughed so much at this story! It was really funny when our grandma read it because Frankie’s grandma is a troll! It definitely made us giggle lots.'
  • Connor Lobban, age 9 - 'If you are a fan of the film Hotel Transylvania then I am sure you will want to read this. It is a more exciting version of that.'
  • Sophie, Y8, Thorp Academy - 'the author (Steven Butler) has really stepped out of the ordinary to create a wonderful story with an interesting plot and original ideas which would absolutely keep younger readers reading.'

Synopsis

The Nothing to See Here Hotel by Steven Butler

Welcome to The Nothing to See Here Hotel! A hotel for magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. When a goblin messenger arrives at The Nothing to See Here Hotel, announcing the imminent arrival of the goblin prince Grogbah, Frankie and his family rush into action to get ready for their important guest. But it soon becomes obvious that the Banister family are going to have their work cut out with the demanding prince and his never-ending entourage, especially when it turns out the rude little prince is hiding a secret...

The first book in a fabulously funny series by bestselling author Steven Butler, with a host of whacky characters brought to life with illustration from the wonderful Steven Lenton!

Reviews

'Hilariously funny and inventive, and I love the extraordinary creatures and the one thirty-sixth troll protagonist...' Cressida Cowell

'A rip-roaring, swashbuckling, amazerous magical adventure. Comedy Gold.' Francesca Simon

`This hotel gets five stars from me' Liz Pichon

'A splundishly swashbungling tale of trolls, goblins and other bonejangling creatures. Put on your wellies and plunge into the strangest hotel you will ever encounter. This is a hotel I hope I never find! Wonderfully, disgustingly funny.' Jeremy Strong

`What a fun hotel! Book me in immediately!' Kaye Umansky

About the Author

Steven Butler

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Steven Butler is an actor, dancer and trained circus performer as well as a keen observer of trolls and their disgusting habits. He has starred in Peter Pan, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and as Henry in Horrid Henry Live and Horrid! His primary school headmaster was fantastically funny author Jeremy Strong.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Author

Steven Butler
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

22nd February 2018

ISBN

9781471163838

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