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March 21, 2018
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The Nothing To See Here Hotel TES Class Review

Some of our Chatterbooks group were invited to review ‘The Nothing to See Here Hotel’ by Steven Butler and Steven Lenton for the TES Class Review . We have been sharing this book in our sessions creating our own hotels and characters so that we can write our own version of the story. It was really popular with the group and here’s what they had to say about this hilarious story.


‘Pirates, dragons and fairies with toothbrushes’

There are swashbuckling pirates, fire-breathing dragons, human-eating plants, fairies with toothbrushes and, of course, there is Frankie Bannister. Frankie is the main character; he has copper eyes, pointy ears and a great big smile on his face! Steven Lenton is a fantastic illustrator and he brings this book to life.


‘Amazingly funny’

I found it really amusing and inspiring. It also had lots of excitement and cliffhangers within the book. The illustrations are fabulous, the language was fantastic and, best of all, it is amazingly funny. I would definitely recommend it to others.


‘Loads of made-up monsters’

I think people would really enjoy The Nothing to See Here Hotel because it’s got loads of made-up monsters. My favourite character is Hoggit the pet dragon, who lives in the fireplace. I wondered if he was going to learn how to breathe fire. The best bit was when the goblin prince didn’t realise what he’d stolen – it was a big surprise. The pictures were really good: they helped explain the story.


‘The magical creatures made me giggle’

This funny story about a magical creature hotel made me giggle. My favourite part of the story was where the goblin Prince Grogbah fainted and they all thought he was dead. I like the fact that there are pictures on most pages, and the characters look just how I’d imagined they would.


‘I felt like I was there in the hotel’

I would give this book 10/10 because it is so imaginative. My favourite character is Nancy because she is kind, even though she is a big Orkney brittle-back spider. The illustrations are absolutely fantastic. It made me feel that I was there in the hotel.



The illustrator of the book Steven Lenton visited the school this week and the children were really excited to get the chance to talk to him about their reviews which he thought were absolutely brilliant.

You can read the full review here below

March 21, 2018
by library

Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton visit yr R, 1, 2 and 3


This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from the author and illustrator of the ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam’ books Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton to our yr R, 1, 2 and 3 children. They even brought the real life Shifty and Sam along so we could meet them in person.


Tracey told us that Shifty and Sam used to be bad characters just like the Wicked Witch and she then read the first book in the series which showed how they turned from bad robber dogs to bakers after realising the errors of their ways.


Tracey and Steven were so impressed that as the story was being read to the children lots of them were joining in because they knew the book so well after sharing in class during World Book Week.


Steven who illustrates the books showed us how he draws one of the characters Sam and the children drew alongside him and created some amazing pictures. He was really impressed with what a fantastic job they had done!

Tracey and Steven then played a racing game with the children with half of them on Team Sam’s side with Tracey and the other half on Team Shifty’s side with Steven.


After a very noisy and energetic game Team Sam and Tracey were declared the winners!

A huge thank you to FOWPS for supporting this visit and to Tracey and Steven for visiting the school it was such an inspiring and entertaining afternoon.