Title: Toffle Towers: Fully Booked
Author: Tim Harris and James Foley (illustrator)
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Published: 6th August 2019
Synopsis: Fawlty Towers meets Treehouse in Tim Harris’s brand-new series to make kids laugh out loud – and get their imaginations soaring.
Toffle Towers is about to be inherited by the next generation.
Chegwin Toffle is only ten years old. But he isn’t going to let that stop him from turning this run-down hotel into a success. Chegwin is determined to transform Toffle Towers from a boring hotel for grown-ups into an incredibly exciting destination for children (and their families).
But running a hotel isn’t easy. Chegwin has a lot to learn, and his tendency to drift off into daydreams isn’t helping.
Chegwin has plenty of ideas. But can he turn his madcap daydreams into reality.
Chegwin Toffle is a daydreamer – it happens all the time. At home, at school, everywhere. He is also the newest manager of Toffle Towers, after inheriting it from a deceased relative, Terrence Toffle. But when he arrives with his parents, the hotel is failing, it is falling down and he has three months to run the hotel before it closes – unless he can find an ingenious way to save it and everyone’s home and jobs with the remaining funds, and a little bit of creative thinking. How will he use up the thousands of litres of milk he ordered? And how will he topple the Braxton hotel next door?
When kids run a hotel, interesting and extraordinary things happen. Creative things that draw more guests in and set the series in motion. A flying shuttle bus? Why not? To get the parents to the hotel, you have to hook the kids in, and show them what fun can be had at Toffle Towers!
Toffle Towers is engaging, fun, and filled with humour that all readers will enjoy, whether read aloud or to yourself. It can be gobbled up in one sitting or read over a few days. Either way, the story is fun, and engaging. It takes a child who has no place in the world he occupies in the first pages and catapults him into a new life where everyone accepts him for who he is and learns how to help him through his daydreaming.
Tim Harris has created a wonderful world and story in Alandale and a hotel that kids would love to visit – and adults too. His words are cleverly combined with illustrations and cover are by the wonderful James Foley, who participated in my Isolation Publicity series. I decided to read the first two books after the third book popped up for review – so hopefully by the time book three arrives, I’ll have read the first two. This looks to be a series filled with fun and childlike wonder and at any age, we need that. Especially now. These days, having something fun to read is a great thing. I still read the books that deal with serious issues, but in between, something like this is wonderful. Reading in this way allows me to take in the serious stories I have just read and relax my mind for the next one. But this book is much more than that. It is an engaging story with a bit of everything for everyone.
I loved that Chegwin’s parents were so supportive of him, and that everyone at the hotel followed his lead – even if they weren’t sure of where it would take them. It proves that believing in yourself and believing in someone can make all the difference – and I look forward to seeing what happens next with Chegwin.