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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

Hotel Fantastic

illustrated by Thomas Gibault

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Imagination & Play, Humorous Stories, Monsters
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7


Hotel Fantastic is a destination like no other. From superheroes and dragons to monsters and aliens --- everyone is welcome. Whether you're a robot needing to recharge or a giant looking for extra legroom, the suites here are designed to cater to each guest's needs. Feeling hungry? Dine at the hotel's world-famous restaurant among princesses and pirates. Need a workout? A fully equipped gym and rooftop swimming pool serve beings of all shapes and sizes. And rest assured that your safety and security are a top priority --- an elite strike team is always at the ready. Pay no attention to the rumors you may have heard --- there's certainly no horrible creature threatening to attack the hotel at any moment ...

Thomas Gibault's wild picture book invites children into a fantastic world filled with unexpected characters. The rich, bright, one-of-a-kind illustrations are laugh-out-loud funny and encourage visual literacy --- there's something different and new to discover with every perusal. And the surprising twist ending will inspire repeat readings as children search for clues sprinkled throughout the story. Based on the vivid imagination of one boy, this is a book that beautifully showcases the wonders of imaginative play and encourages play-based learning. Also, many young children will identify with the boy's antagonistic relationship with his sister.

About the author


Thomas Gibault was born in Paris and studied illustration in France before moving to Canada. He now lives in Montreal, where he spends his time creating marvellous illustrations and characters for children’s books, magazines and animation series.


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Editorial Reviews

Foolish fantastic fun with enough goofy details to warrant repeated reads.—Kirkus Reviews

This story also includes people and situations families might encounter while on a holiday (doctors, valet parking, parties); all of which will help prepare children for their next vacation “away” from home.—Resource Links

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