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Floors (Floors #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,798 Ratings  ·  371 Reviews
Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel.

FORMAT: 5 CDs, Unabridged

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 th
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 2012 by The Chicken House (first published September 1st 2011)
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Marcus Reeves
Mar 28, 2013 Marcus Reeves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IT WAS soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ...more
Mar 06, 2012 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2014 Suz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ya-kid-lit
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
Jun 04, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook-reads
This is a great book for anyone who loved Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library. This story has the same elements--whimsy, adventure, and all around fun. Floors takes place in a hotel instead of a library, and instead of a treasure hunt to escape, this one is more of a treasure hunt to save the hotel...and there are ducks, which are pretty awesome. I didn't love this one QUITE as much as Mr. Lemoncello--maybe because I'm a big old library nerd--but still a fantastic adventure.
Apr 11, 2014 Lana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2012 Bookphile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2015 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this one for my daughter because she loved the Land of Elyon series. But, between Goddess Girls and Percy Jackson she is busy at the moment, so I picked it up. I loved it! It was like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, just as crazy, but more real at the same time. I loved all the wacky floors, loved the boxes, I even loved the ducks. Patrick Carman has become one of my favorite children's book authors. The worlds he creates are so interesting, exciting and beautiful. Now I really want ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Athen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2014 Adelaide rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nov 12, 2014 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 31, 2016 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whimsical, adventurous, and fun! A perfect read for middle-school ages who love fantasy.
Allison Hawn
Jun 29, 2014 Allison Hawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Abbie Shawano
Apr 13, 2015 Abbie Shawano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I have always been a big fan of Fantasy, I found this book to be interesting. It was able to keep my attention throughout most of the story. Leo, the maintenance man's son, goes on a long adventure in the Whippet Hotel where he is faced with many obstacles and different floors (boxes) that he must overcome. I liked the imagination that Patrick Carman was able to bring into this story. The descriptions of each obstacle and even objects within the hotel helped me better picture in my mind wh ...more
A great follow up reading to Willy Wonka fans.

This is a story of a little boy who lives inside of Whippet Hotel. The hotel is "special" in that it has some very interesting rooms. Guests in the hotel are long staying customers who actually "live" there and have lived there for a long time. The hotel has some lively ducks that need to be "taken care of" by Leo who lives in the basement with his father (the handyman ). Leo's job is to help his dad keep the Whippet in good shape and take care of t
Jul 12, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 10, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great adventure book! Leo Fillmore is the son of the janitor at the Whippet Hotel. Merganzer D. Whippet is the owner of the hotel and has been missing for over 100 days. The Whippet Hotel is not like any other hotel in the world. It is not a sky scraper and the rooms are rather eccentric like the Cake Room, the Railroad Room, the Farm Room, and more. There are robots and wacky inventions everywhere in the hotel and although Leo thought he knew them all, he soon learns differently. For ...more
Lizette A.
After reading the book Floors I think that the writing was a little hard not by not knowing what the words meant, but because it was hard to understand. This book’s strengths were that it had a lot of mystery and weird stuff for example two boys were in a room at first they thought it was a room of rings later they thought it was the ring of rooms. I wouldn't recommend it to a classmate because I think that most people in the class don’t want to read about a boy that lives in a mysteries hotel ...more
May 04, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slmta
Designed and built by Merganzer D. Whippet, duck-obsessed billionaire inventor, and filled with secret rooms and wacky inventions (some dangerous), the Whippet Hotel in New York is a place unlike any other. Only the most elite and eccentric dare stay there. It is the only home that Leo, the 10-year-old son of the maintenance man, has ever known. Lately, something is amiss. Merganzer has disappeared without a trace, and the hotel is falling apart. Is someone trying to sabotage it, or is there som ...more
Emily Ruble
Apr 14, 2015 Emily Ruble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the adventure of a young boy named Leo who is trying to help his dad take care of the Whippet Hotel. Along the way he discovers all of the hotels hidden secrets. I would recommend this book for students in 3rd-4th grade. I would use the book Floors for in class read aloud or small book study groups. In class I would have students do activities where they write about and describe/design their own floor to the Whippet Hotel. I also might give students a problem that could happen ...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.
Brittany Dalziel
Personal Reaction: I thought that Floors was a really entertaining and wacky story. It was full of adventures and contained a huge amount of imagery. At the beginning of the book, I thought that there was almost too much imagery and I could hardly understand what was going on. The plot was very unique and interesting and I liked how one of the main themes was about friendship.

Purpose: For children ages 7 - 10 to read on their own for entertainment. Children around this age, especially boys, woul
Xiao Lin
Apr 23, 2015 Xiao Lin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leo Fillmore was in the mysterious Whipper Hotel which just like a huanted house and the owner of the Whipper Hotel was Merganzer D. Whippet.Each floor has its own scary and mysterious design. Leo and his father Mr.Fillmore was living there and one day,Leo had found a mysterious hidden floor that Leo found two new friends Remi and Blop.There's a problem going on. A lady Nancey Yancey's diamond necklace had been lost in this hote which is putting this hotel in danger at the same time.Also the ho ...more
Wendy Chaulk
Aug 05, 2014 Wendy Chaulk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kimberly Ann
Feb 10, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jun 22, 2014 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Even my seven year old daughter might find this one nauseating. As for comparing it to Holes?? No way!! It is completely different and utterly pales in the shadow of Holes. I would not read Floors again. Ever!
I guess it might appeal to some. But the sexism rampant throughout the book is horrible. All the villain(esse)s are spoiled brat women who are used, foiled, or fooled by smarter, superior chauvinist men. What is that supposed to teach our children??
As for believability, I find this one a ha
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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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