There is a hotel that is hidden to the human eye that caters to the most smelly, hairy, warty clients around. Nestled amongst the waterfront hotels for humans is the number one place to stay for magical creatures, The Nothing to See Here Hotel.
Frankie Banister runs the Nothing to See Here Hotel with his parents. This isn’t your average hotel though! It’s a hotel for magical creatures and it’s full of all sorts of weird sights, smells and sounds. All varieties of magical creatures come to stay here, from trolls and ogres to mermaids and werepoodles. There is no such thing as a normal day at The Nothing to See Here Hotel but things get really crazy when a messenger arrives to announce the imminent arrival of the goblin prince, Grogbah. He’s mean, demanding and very, VERY important. Before the Banisters know it Grogbah is taking over the place. Then another unexpected guest arrives to shake things up.
The Nothing to See Here Hotel is a rambunctious, rollicking read packed full of imagination and fun. As soon as I entered The Nothing to See Here Hotel I immediately felt at home and didn’t ever want to leave. It is fun from beginning to end and I need to read more escapades of Frankie and his family.
You can tell that Steven Butler and Steven Lenton had enormous fun writing and illustrating this story. The characters are hilarious and they have some great lines. There is Granny Regurgita (Frankie’s great-great-great troll grandmother with the best insults), Nancy the hotel cook (who is a giant Orkney Brittle-Back spider), Gladys Potts the werepoodle and Mrs Dunch (a geriatric mermaid). My favourite characters though are the Molar Sisters, the triplet tooth fairies. Their names are Dentina, Gingiva and Fluora and they have the worst dental hygiene in all of the magical world (because they eat nothing but sugar cubes and their teeth are rotten). Their magic wands come in very handy though to help the Banisters out of some sticky situations.
The Nothing to See Here Hotel is perfect for reading aloud as there are lots of great voices you could do. It would make a great read aloud for Years 3-6, especially for those teachers wanting a change from the usual Roald Dahl. There is plenty to keep all kids engaged and begging you to read the next chapter. I’m glad to see that this is the first book in this new series so there will be more books to come.