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Floors (Floors #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,092 ratings  ·  312 reviews
Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel.

The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them - he is the maintenance man's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Marcus Reeves
IT WAS soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ...more
I was intrigued by a middle grade book with ducks as significant characters. I also usually like the little mystery-type books. And the plot was mostly interesting. I had a hard time seeing a whole lot of significance to all of the things the main character had to do, but they were somewhat entertaining. And, really, I don't think his demonstrations of bravery really merited the end result for someone of his age. Let's be at least a little realistic. But maybe I was just bugged because the book ...more
I didn't finish this book because I absolutely COULD NOT STAND the person reading it in the audio version!! My first grader would be more pleasant to listen to!! I actually listened to most of it, and did enjoy the story line, kind of whimsical & very creative. But the audio version ruined it for me. I'm not even going to rate it, I'm too mad. By all means give it a try...but read it, DO NOT GET THE AUDIO VERSION! (did I make my point clear enough?)

P.S. In fairness to Jesse Bernstein (the na
Imagine what would happen if Willie Wonka invented a hotel? That's what the Whippet Hotel reminds me of - a duck pond on the roof, secret rooms, crazy elevators, robots named Blop - it seems like something Wonka would make. Leo and his dad live in the hotel, working as the maintenance staff to keep things running smoothly. But when the owner disappears and hasn't been seen for over 100 days, things begin to unravel. Read along to find out if Leo and his dad can keep the hotel put together and di ...more
In my quest to make a reader out of my eight-year-old daughter, I've taken to reading a lot of children's books with her. My experience have, in general, been kind of hit or miss. Sometimes I really like something, but she doesn't. Others, she likes them and I don't. It's always a good feeling when we find a book that bridges that gap, one that both parent and child can enjoy. Floors is one such book. There will be a few spoilers in this review.

There is a lot about Floors to recommend it, but I
This was an amazing book. It is about a boy named Leo who lives with his Dad and they are matinence men for The Whippet, the wackiest hotel in New York City. The Whippet hotel was built by Merganzer Whippet who has mysteriously disappeared for the last one hundred days. One day Leo was walking Merganzer's ducks when he found a mysterious purple box in the duck elevator with his name on it. Leo goes on a journey to find more of these boxes and the secret floors of the Whippet to save the hotel he ...more
Read this easy-read a few months ago, and I really liked the writer's style and all of the action happening throughout the book. However, it got a little confusing towards the end, with people showing up left and right.
But I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a funny, thrilling book!
The way they that they set the serrownding is a mazing from the rooms are cinedu like a dumenchul door. The book is like more of an avencher therowe the hotel if your going to reed the Ceres then keep in mind the hotel is shaped like a rowbot. Perlite much it seems like a good series so I recumened this book to any buty that likes avancher.
Jun 28, 2011 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids, ala, arc
I just finished an Advance Reading Copy of Floors, and I really enjoyed it. It's action-packed and full of wackiness. The main character is 10-year-old Leo. Along with his new friend Remi and Betty the duck, Leo follows clues and riddles on an adventure to save the zany Whippet Hotel. I think this book would appeal to fans of Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Sachar). It shares many elements with The Mysterious Benedict Society and with The Westing Game, but is lighter and less complex than ...more
I really liked the concept of this book: a wacky hotel with layers of creative, intriguing floors. The pacing was very fast-paced and I think many of my students would enjoy this. I did feel that the fast-paced nature combined with the incredible amount of different wacky floors made it difficult to imagine anything in my mind, or really enjoy the ride. To me, it was simply too fast to really enjoy anything. I found I wanted to know more about Remi and Leo, I wanted to know more about some of th ...more
Leo and his handyman father live and work at the magnificent Whippet Hotel. The hotel is completely unique. Each room has been carefully crafted by the eccentric Merganser Whippet, whose fanciful ideas appeal to the rich, odd, and famous. Merganser knows all the ins and outs of his whacky hotel, but he's been missing for months now. When Leo takes the hotel ducks (yes, ducks) up to the roof for their daily walk, he finds a strange box with directions for solving the mystery and saving Mr. Whippe ...more
My favorite book, this is definitely it. 272 pages of imagination. Leo lives in the Whippet Hotel and he's the maintenance man along with his father. The Whippet Hotel, however, is unlike many hotels you may have visited. Each room is full of surprises, each with an unbelievable theme. From the robot room with actual robots to an entire room made of cake, this hotel exceeds the standards. Leo, having worked at the hotel for years, soon finds an odd box in the elevator for him. Little does he kno ...more
Caelyn Pietila
Floors written by Patrick Carman is about a boy named Leo, whose Dad is a janitor at the hotel. The Whippet hotel is eccentric because of all of the strange rooms that are inside. Very wealthy and strange people usually stay there. The owner of the hotel Merganzer mysteriously disappears for 100 days, and there are boxes left out for Leo. Each box leads Leo to more secret rooms. It is up to Leo to solve the mystery. The theme of this story is to not be afraid to take chances; it may lead to lots ...more

Leo lives in the basement of Whippet Hotel w/ his father.... They have lived there since Leo's mother died. The Whippet Hotel is no ordinary hotel, it has secret rooms, hidden floors, magical rooms, and a special elevator for the hotel's ducks. The guests are as odd as the hotel itself.

Merganizer Whippet has disappeared and the hotel manager, the very nasty Ms Sparks, has taken over. Then things begin to go awry, someone is sabotaging the hotel and it is up to Leo to solve the puzzle and save th
2.5 stars.

Quirky and fun, a good MG book.

Filled with ducks, a crazy hotel, and queer occupants, Leo and his friend will traverse the strange Whippet Hotel to find the clues left by the eccentric owner.

Think Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium meets Quantum Conundrum.

It was a okay book and I will be continuing the series though I'm not sure about re-reads.
Wendy Chaulk
I listened to this book on a trip this summer. While the narrator could get a bit boring at times, he also had changes in his voice for different characters. I enjoyed the descriptions of the characters and the hotel. I want to visit the Whippet to see the cake room and the caves room.

In this book, Leo works as a maintenance man with his father and they live is a sparse room in the basement of the Whippet. The hotel is owned by an eccentric man who has disappeared. Guests pay big money to stay i
Leo has a mystery to solve at the wacky hotel where he and his father live. Let the adventure begin!

Leo enlists his new friend, Remi, for help and together they take a wild romp through secret passages and rooms filled with inventions envisioned by the odd owner, Mr. Whippet. Add in a cast of kooky characters and you have a journey that strengthens their friendship and ends with a twist that neither boy could have imagined.

This book seems to be Patrick Carman's homage to Roald Dahl and his bel
Great first page, but very Wonka-esque from the outset. It gets three stars for some of the fun action. Some of the more obvious morals are a bit generic, but they aren't drilled so much as to get tedious, so that's nice. The whole "prosper in the field of wacky inventions" was a bit forced, but it was also an interesting play on themes as they developed it.

Too much "everything important happens in two days" to the extent that the author even cynically remarks about how it takes about "six hours
"Leo had a feeling about needing a duck." Only a book starring the quacky, wild Whippet Hotel would contain a sentence like this. Leo Fillmore lives and works in the Whippet with his father, Clarence. For five years, their maintenance work has been fairly standard- until the 100th day of the absence of the hotel's owner, the eccentric Merganser D. Whippet. Character description: think Willy Wonka with a duck obsession. The day Leo finds the first box is the day his life takes a weird, wild turn- ...more
Nanci Booher
This is my first experience with Patrick Carman. I've seen his books move through the library and I just never picked up one. Last week I was left without something to read and decided to give this one a go as a kiddo had given it to me thinking I would like it. Crazy clues to follow, lots of ducks and making new friends....things kids are sure to love. This was a quick read with a heartwarming ending. Not sure I will get to book two anytime soon as the partial list for OBOB 2015-16 is out but I ...more
I see a lot of reviewers comparing this with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It has the same type of story line and quirky situations but generally it feels very derivative and unnecessarily non-sensical.
Really enjoyed this book!! A fun read from start to finish made me wish I could go back and read it as a 10 or 11 year old so I could really believe in all the fun and fantasy the book contains!!(less)
with so many floor theres adventure where ever you turn!!!!this book is awesome i would tottally recomend this book to kids with imagenations!!!!
Christmas Gift! Not what I expected. I've reread the synopsis and there was nothing in it to indicate that the building itself was magical, but somehow that's what I thought I was opening up, was a book about a magical hotel with suddenly appearing extra rooms and floors and such. Considering that what I anticipated was not what I got, this was really quite a nice book. I'd have removed the little spoiled rich 6 year old girl entirely, I don't feel that she added anything to the book except anno ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Oh where to begin...

While reading...

Comparing this to the masterpiece that is Charlie and the Chocolate no sorry

I'm trying to think of a redeemable quality and I'm lost. I am shocked by the high average rating because this book was utter garbage. It feels like it was written by a kid not for a kid. I am a firm believer that children's books should be held to the same standard as adult books and the quality of this book is lacking, it feels empty and thrown together.

First there's th
I loved Floors #1 by Patrick Carman because it was such a thrilling, mysterious, and exciting book. It made you want to read more and find out what happens next to Leo and Remi. In the book Leo who helps his father with repairs at the Whippet Hotel. The owner of the Whippet hotel, Merganzer, has been missing for quite a while. The hotel is malfunctioning and Leo finds a box that has directions for him. The things that he does in the Whippet hotel is thrilling and exciting. I am excited to read t ...more
Fun mystery story that takes place in a strange, magical hotel building built by an eccentric millionaire. Leo and his father take care of the place. Mrs. Sparks mans the front desk and bosses people around. Strange tenants make all kinds of demands. And, because the owner is missing, things are starting to slowly unravel. Leo finds a small purple box in the elevator one day and it sets off a crazy mystery involving ducks, strange magical rooms, meeting a new friend, and finally meeting the owne ...more
Jenna Waters
My thought of the book Floors was that it kept me on edge. It was adventurous and suspenseful. The Book was about this kid named Leo that is the maintenance man for a hotel called the Whippet. Leo was best friends with the hotels manager and the manager disappeared one day and Leo didn't know where he went. Then, on the hundredth day he was missing he found a box that had a note in it that started the adventure of his life. He went to rooms that were dangerous, exciting, delicious, and scary. I ...more
Allison Hawn
Floors by Patrick Carman is a cute little adventure.

With strange rooms, almost magical puzzles and ducks galore the main character, Leo, must follow the instructions of the missing owner to save his home, his job and the entire hotel.

Very reminiscent of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Carman takes readers through possibly the most bizarre hotel in the history of the written word.

This would be a great read for anyone between the ages of 7 and 14. Fans of "A Series of Unfortun
I read this book in 5th grade. Normally, I wouldn't have picked up a book like this, even when I was that young. I was somewhat of advanced reader in elementary school, but the cover intrigued the more imaginative and irrational part of me and I decided to read it. I liked the descriptions in this book. It let me imagine all of the rooms/floors that were in the hotel. This book is a very easy read and is very entertaining. I recommend it to younger readers or someone in search of reviving their ...more
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I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins P
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