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Floors (Floors #1)

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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...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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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
Marcus Reeves
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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...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...more
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 unravel. Read along to find out if Leo and his dad can keep the hotel put together and disco...more
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
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
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.
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...more
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...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 Factory...um 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...more
Feb 02, 2014 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Upper Elementary/ YA
Shelves: children, young-adult
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

Leo, the maintenance man's assistant and son, lives in the Whippet Hotel with his Dad. It is a strange hotel that caters to the very well to do. The plot is similar to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Leo is required to pas...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...more
I have really enjoyed Patrick Carman's work in the past (I loved the Land Elyon series!) so it pains me to rate this only two stars. The story just didn't resonate with me, which is too bad because the field of wacky inventions sounds like something I'd enjoy.

Leo and his father work as maintenance men at the fabulous, exclusive, and extremely eccentric Whippet Hotel. Leo likes his life and is generally happy, until owner and friend Merganzer D. Whippet disappears. After 100 days of his disappear...more
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I'm a sucker for cool world-building.

This is definitely a book about a place. Leo is the son of the maintenance guy at the fantastical Whippet Hotel. This hotel is right in the middle of a major city and has many quirky characteristics. Each room has a theme. My favorite was the pinball room, because in addition to pinball-themed décor and actual pinball games, the ENTIRE ROOM turns into a giant pinball game! The features of this hotel border on (and quite possibly slide over the edge into) fant...more
An Ascending Star in the Young Readers Books Department!

Patrick Carman from the Pacific Northwest region of the USA may be the next great creator of children's books. JK Rowling move over: there is now solid competition for the role of magician of children's literature in the ranks of J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis has arrived. Born on February 27th, 1966, in Salem, Oregon. Carman is a graduate of Willamette University with a degree in economics. He started out working in advertising, game desi...more
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Imagine Charlie and the Chocolate Factory except instead of a chocolate factory, we've got an amazing hotel with the most fantastic rooms and inventions imaginable, and instead of a boy on his own, our hero (Leo) has a friend. The guest rooms include a pinball room where even the furniture is part of the pinball game (as extra-bouncy bumpers), a cake room with the cake supply replenished daily, a ponds and caves room featuring a 4 foot koi, a robot room, a Central Park...more
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Book Synopsis: 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 boxes are left for him . . . boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances....more
Leo and his dad live in the basement of the Whippet Hotel where the dad is the maintenance man (and Leo has his share of the work as well). The Whippet Hotel was designed by Merganzer Whippet (inventor of wacky stuff and currently missing for the past 100+ days) and all of a sudden everything in the hotel seems to be falling apart. Leo and his dad get to work.

The Whippet Hotel itself is wacky and has a duck pond on the roof and a special elevator for the ducks to go up and down in so they can h...more
What a fun and wacky read! Not since my days of Roald Dahl have I fallen this in love with a story line. The Whippet Hotel is a place built out of the imagination of a very interesting man. Merganzer Whippet, the hotel's designer, was told that he would one day invent wacky things! If this hotel is any indication, that's completely right. From a room with edible furniture, to one that is built just like a pinball machine (that you can PLAY!) this is a hotel that I would be happy to stay in! I th...more
These kind of omniscient-POV, anazingly, crazily imaginative middle-grade fantasies (and they're always MG. Always. Don't even try to argue) rock my world. The Pinball Room, for example: the floor is slanted, the flippers are couches and the balls are as big as bowling balls. Then there's the Cake Room, which always needs A/C or else there'll be a "frosting disaster". So. Awesome.

The omniscient point of view is extremely helpful in developing the protagonist and supporting characters. Leo, a cur...more
A good book that i really liked and would recommend.

Leo is a mechanic at the whippet hotel which is filled with ducks. It is a odd hotel because it leans to one side and is thicker than the bottom. Every day Leo goes to the roof of the whippet hotel where there is a pond filled with ducks one all black one named Betty. on the way down the elevator a small maintenance elevator he notices a box opening it he finds a model of floor 3 1/2 a maze with hoops and a note bring a purple ball. After findi...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...more
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