Title: Toffle Towers: The Great River Race
Author: Tim Harris, James Foley
Published: 7th January 2020
Synopsis: The second book in Tim Harris’s ridiculously entertaining Toffle Towers series that will make kids laugh out loud – and get their imaginations soaring.
Chegwin’s adventures at Toffle Towers continue when, one by one, his hotel staff are ‘reverse mugged’ by two mysterious men. Chaos ensues and it’s Chegwin’s job to get to the bottom of these attacks before Toffle Towers loses all its hard-earned guests. Meanwhile, the town of Alandale is preparing for the annual Great River Race. Once Chegwin discovers his saboteur is no other than Brontessa Braxton, owner of the rival hotel in town, Chegwin find himself preparing to go head to head with her in the Great River Race to save his beloved staff and Toffle Towers.
Chegwin is back, managing his hotel, Toffle Towers. All seems to be going well – until his staff are reverse mugged – given things that make their job harder, and Chegwin’s idea to have them change jobs doesn’t work. Then he is challenged to the Great River Race by his rival, Brontessa Braxton – and soon, Chegwin must find another way to save the hotel, and to also make sure he can save his staff and hotel.
Everyone we loved from the first book is back, and just as quirky and fun. Chegwin is still a daydreamer – which sometimes works to his advantage, and sometimes it doesn’t – when he is able to think through his daydreams, wonderful things happen, like upside down check-ins! And solving problems that crop up in the kitchen or solving the mystery of room 49 and room 50. The flying shuttle bus is still there, along with a new bathtub kart that guests can ride to and from the hotel as well. The parents checking in sometimes seem less thrilled than their children, but eventually, they come round and everyone has a good time.
The series builds on what has come before, so it is probably a good idea to read these ones in order, which I am doing, and I will be reading book three soon to get the review ready to go for the fourth of August. The humour is there, and always will be – it pulls everything together and is a creative series that looks at the lives of those who do not conform to society and the way they do this, and the pursuits they explore each day to achieve their goals – running the hotel, checking in guests, cooking food and many, many other things as they try to thwart the reverse muggers.
Like the first book, this is fast-paced, fun and filled with wonderful internal conversations that contribute to the story and give a sense of who the characters are, which makes this series exceptionally fun and very well suited to the readership, who will enjoy the second book in this series if they have not already read it already.
Looking forward to the next book!