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One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Steven Butler grew up in Kent, but now lives in London. He is the author of the bestselling The Diary Of Dennis The Menace and The Wrong Pong fiction series. As well as writing the hit 2015 World Book Day title, World Menace Day, Steven also is the regular host of World Book Day’s The Biggest Book Show on Earth which takes place every year to celebrate the event. Steven is also a successful performer and voice artist. Steven's first novel, The Wrong Pong, was shortlisted for the prestigious Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2009. Follow him on Instagram.
There’s monster-sized fun for readers to be had at the Nothing To See Here Hotel – after all, it is the world’s number one holiday destination for magical creatures. In the company of the proprietors’ son, the irrepressible Frankie Banister (who is part troll by the way), we get best seats for the action which here concerns the return of Frankie’s great-great-great-grandfather Abraham, as a ghost. You’d think great-great-great-granny Regurgita would be happy to see her husband back, but nothing goes as you’d expect in these stories, and maybe everyone should be a bit suspicious of Abraham. Adventures don’t come more extraordinary or more enjoyable than these, and any readers with a taste for fast-moving, fabulously funny illustrated tales should book in asap.
October 2018 Book of the Month | | The Nothing to See Here Hotel offers a 5 star reading experience for youngsters, hilarious but still exciting adventures, a fabulous setting and a cast of totally eccentric but utterly lovable characters. The hotel you see is not for humans, but magical creatures – a scenario offering all sorts of possibilities, exploited brilliantly by writer Steven Butler and illustrator Steven Lenton. In this second book, preparations for the annual Trogmanay celebrations are threatened, first by the arrival of a family of yetis (in magical snowstorm), then by something that seems a lot less friendly. Can Frankie, son of the owners and our hero, sort things out before the Trollidays are ruined? No matter how much snow and ice the yetis bring, reading this provides a real sense of warmth, and everyone will want to be part of the hotel’s community.
March 2018 Book of the Month | 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. Books in The Nothing To See Here Hotel Series: 1. The Nothing To See Here Hotel 2. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yeti 3. Sea-ing in Believing 4. Fiend of the Seven Sewers
There are jokes galore in this sequel to the hilarious The Wrong Pong as Neville gets a visit from the Bulches, his Troll hosts on his visit to the Underneath. Looking for a fun time, the Bulches are on holiday but, with their far from clean habits and delight in ear-wax brownies, Neville cannot see how they will fit in with mother, let alone his super-clean grandmother ...The results are hilarious – and far more harmonious by the end than might have been expected.
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. A Lovereading4Kids 'Debut of the Year 2011' selection. 5+. Delight in the disgusting in this hilarious story of what happens when Neville gets yanked down the toilet to the land of Under. Of course it is dirty! And disgusting! Neville ends up as part of the Bulch family, trolls whose idea of a good time includes feasts of rat patties and ear-wax brownies. But Under is also a place of new friendships and Neville quickly adapts to his unusual surroundings! And now there's a sequel - click here.
'A perfect story to tickle the funny bone of any young reader!' MEGAN RIX I have something very IM-PAW-TANT to tell you... I was with my mutt mates in the dog park when we saw something MONSTROUS through the trees...I recognized it straight away. It was a huge DINO-ROAR! Now, I know what you're thinking - dino-roars don't exist anymore, right? WRONG. I spotted one in the flesh, well in the bone...And it smelt tail-waggingly tasty! I followed its sniff-a-licious scent to the BIGGEST building I've ever seen, and the smells coming from inside were the most dusty, moldy, oldy, dirt-lectable whiffs I've ever wrapped my snout around. I don't know what the humongous building is, but what I do know is that I just HAVE to get inside. It will be the greatest challenge my pooch pack have ever faced!
Welcome to The Nothing to See Here Hotel! Book your stay now for this fabulously funny series full of mayhem, monsters and more than a little bit of magic by bestselling author Steven Butler and illustrated by Steven Lenton. Life is never dull for Frankie Banister and the weird and wonderful guests of The Nothing to See Here Hotel - the no.1 holiday destination for magicals! But when Frankie is kidnapped and dragged off to a secret cistern-city deep in the dookiest depths of the sewers, things get a whole lot weirder! What has Frankie done to offend the mysterious 'Boss'? Is he doomed to spend the rest of his life griping in the piping? Will he ever escape the dark and disgusterous dungeons? And what exactly is the gut-gurglingly named Poodly-Pipe? One thing's for sure, Frankie is going to have to outwit old enemies and rely on new friends if he ever wants to see his HONKHUMPTIOUS home again... PRAISE FOR THE NOTHING TO SEE HERE HOTEL series: 'This book is so good you won't blunking believe it!' Tom Fletcher '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 'Exuberant story and witty illustrations, this is my kind of book!' Chris Riddell 'Giggles guaranteed' Nick Sharratt
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'A perfect story to tickle the funny bone of any young reader!' MEGAN RIX I can't wait to get to the most magical place in the world-THE WOODS! Just imagine all the adventures... * Doggy-paddling in the lake * Barking at raccoons * And my quest to find the greatest stick in the universe! But all my best plans are ruined when Iona Stricker-the most miserable, cruel, and obedience-loving human you could ever hope not to meet-shows up, making any fun impossible. Until... a canine criminal, escaped from POOCH PRISON, sneaks into the camp and changes everything! This vacation might be fun after all!
'A perfect story to tickle the funny bone of any young reader!' MEGAN RIX AAAAAAAAAAAGH! Something terrible is going on, my person-pal! Something so DREADFUL, it's enough to curl your tail with TERROR (if you have one, of course)... A spine-jangling HOWLING has been heard in the middle of the night, favorite toys have been STOLEN, trash bags have been SHREDDED and all the best pee-spots have been RE-SCENTED! It must have something to do with the NIGHT OF THE HOWLY WIENER, which is only days away... Can I find the evil mastermind who is TERRIER-izing our town?!
You'll never guess what, my person-pal... I'M GOING TO HOLLYWOOD! And, what's even better? All my best mutt-mates are coming with me! But my dreams of being talent-spotted while walking down streets paved with sausage meat don't quite come true... And when the vacation takes a VERY unexpected turn, I'll need to find a way to escape a LIVING NIGHTMARE and get us all home!