Perched high on the snowy slopes of the Mabombo Ranges lies The Grandest Hotel on Earth. It's wilder than the African savanna, more fantastical than Disneyland and more magical than Shangri-la.
So when ordinary eleven-year-old Vincent meets the hotel's young Florence he sets off on a path leading into his most wondrous dreams.
But of course, dreams have a funny way of taking strange and surprising turns and, before long, Vincent is torn between right and wrong, friendship and family and the most enticing of desires - to see into the future . . .
Warning - this book includes insanely cute pocket dogs, travelling by llama or jet pack, chocolate fountains and shoes that play Bach.
This is the type of book that will be loved kids aged 8 to 11. It is full of all the best things that your dreams could imagine!
Vincent lives in the very ordinary town of Barry in a particularly poor household. Then comes his luckiest day, the day he takes his grandfather’s magical shoe shine kit to town to try and make some money.
He is spotted by Florence from the Grandest Hotel on Earth, which is just up the mountain, and she immediately offers him a job. They develop a close bond and the world is marvellous. But then one mistake by Vincent begins to unravel his good fortune...
I can’t risk spoiling the story by telling you more, but can I say it involves learning right from wrong, understanding true friendship and the importance of family.
This is a wonderful book that is jam packed with ‘Grand’ - and who doesn't want a bit of ‘Grand’ in their life!
Reviewed by Rob