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Sea-ing is Believing!

Written by Steven Butler

Illustrated by Steven Lenton

Part of the Nothing to see Here Hotel Series

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Funny

LoveReading View on Sea-ing is Believing!

More hilarity and adventure at everyone’s favourite hotel

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.

Andrea Reece

Sea-ing is Believing! Synopsis

Frankie Banister and his family are preparing to celebrate Grandad Abraham's 175th birthday - an occasion that's going to be even more HONKHUMPTIOUS now that Abe's ghost has showed up! When the unexpected spook reveals a secret UNDERWATER wing of the hotel that's been hidden away for years, the Banister's decide there's only one thing for it ... a whopping welcome home bash in the spectacular BRINY BALLROOM. But memories aren't the only things waiting at the bottom of the ocean. Secrets and sea monsters are lurking in the shadows, and is everything as it seems with Grandad Abraham's ghost? Or is there something fishy going on?

Book your stay at The Nothing To See Here Hotel in this fabulously funny series by bestselling author Steven Butler, with a host of weird and wonderful characters brought to life with Steven Lenton's brilliant illustrations!

Sea-ing is Believing! Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, The Nothing to See Here Hotel. 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.'

Sea-ing is Believing! Press Reviews

`Exuberant story and witty illustrations, this is my kind of book!' Chris Riddell

`Giggles guaranteed' Nick Sharratt

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471178733
Publication date: 21st March 2019
Author: Steven Butler
Illustrator: Steven Lenton
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Funny

About Steven Butler

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 ...

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