An enchanting story about a boy living in a hotel who befriends an eccentric old lady claiming to be a queen in exile.
Welcome to the Herring Hotel! Meet Gabriel and his parents, whose job it is to look after the unusual guests who make their homes in this crumbling old place. Gabriel is particularly fond of Mrs. Kettle, a rather odd old lady with a secret. There’s only one little problem—the entire hotel is about to tumble down. As cracks appear in the ceilings and bricks start to disintegrate, Gabriel begins to wonder, What if Mrs. Kettle’s strange stories are true after all? And will she be able to save the Herring Hotel?
A delightfully quirky storybook about keeping it together when things are falling apart.
About the Author
Didier Lévy began as a journalist before devoting himself full time to children’s literature. He lives in Paris.
Serge Bloch is an internationally renowned illustrator and author from France who has contributed to over one hundred books for children and was previously the art director at Bayard Jeunesse. He is the winner of multiple awards, including the Society of Illustrators’ Gold Medal and the Bologna Ragazzi Award for Nonfiction.
Lit clear through with the warmth of found family.