Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Can Leo Solve the Whippet Mystery?

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. Whippet. Since he only has two days, Leo seeks help from the new doorman, Remi. Together, they embark on a wild adventure, while still trying to get their jobs done, as neither wants to anger the mean manager, Ms. Sparks. They need to find a total of four boxes, and each box contains a piece of the puzzle. Do Remi and Leo have what it takes to work together to solve the mystery? Who is the mysterious person that's creeping around the hotel rooms leaving clues for Leo? Everything at the hotel is breaking at once and either the hotel misses Merganser or someone is tampering with everything. What is going on? Follow along with Leo and Remi as they travel throughout the Whippet Hotel on a wild ride to uncover the truth.

Floors by Patrick Carman is a fantasy adventure that will appeal to your imagination. Reading about the fascinating hotel rooms made my mind soar with possibilities. I would love exploring the hotel and checking out the various rooms- one room is devoted to cakes and sweets, which are replenished daily. Yes, please! Leo and Remi are both loners who build a fast friendship. They have some opposite character traits, which help them to get along, and it was great to see how they reacted to each other. It was also fun trying to figure out what the different boxes meant, and, as I knew so little about the hotel, I was pleasantly surprised once the mysteries of the hotel were revealed. I recommend this book for kids in fourth through seventh grade. Anyone who likes a story where anything is possible will enjoy the first case in the series. This book reminded me how important creativity is, and if we dream it, it can become a reality. At the end of the book we learn that there is more in store for the dynamic duo, and I look forward to seeing where their future investigations take them.

Has anyone else read Floors? Or have you read another book by Patrick Carman? We would love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!
~L

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26 comments:

  1. A room devoted to cakes and sweets? That sounds amazing!

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  2. A story where anything is possible. It's what I love most about middle grade!

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    1. Barbara- The endless possibilities make the story very magical. :) ~L

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  3. Oh I so want to stay in this hotel. Sounds like a fun read and I love the cover.

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    1. Tracy- Wouldn't it be a blast to stay at the Whippet? :) ~L

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  4. This one sounds like a lot of fun. I will definitely be checking it out. Thanks for telling me about it.

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    1. Rosi- Glad to introduce you to a new book! :) ~L

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  5. Creativity on the loose! Beware! I love this concept of this story, and I'm betting I'd love it too. Never read anything by the author, but I probably should.

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    1. Crystal- This was my first book by this author and it was tons of fun. Very imaginative! :) ~L

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  6. Sounds like a fun read. I am all about the different rooms and totally on board with the idea of a room with cakes and sweets!

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    1. Heidi-The different themed rooms were a blast and I never knew what was around the corner. :) ~L

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  7. Oh! So that's how you interpreted the riddle in the story. This feels like a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory situation especially with the sweets room. That would be my room by the way (; ~ Love the idea of this book. Glad you liked it so much.

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    1. Adriana- Some elements of the book made me think of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, too. I would want to spend a lot of time in the sweets room!- so I would come visit you. :) ~L

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  8. The concept sounds wonderful and I love all the rooms. I would want a room filled with coffee, lots and lots of different coffees :)

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    1. Kimba- What a great idea! I bet that would be a very popular room. :) ~L

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  9. Hi there, my kind human friend,

    I haven't heard of that book. However, it's worth checking out. Just the title gets me. I could read it to my human.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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    1. Hi Penny the Jack Russel dog and modest internet superstar- So nice of you to drop by for a visit. I bet your human would love for you to read him this one. :) ~L

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  10. This sounds delightful and interesting. Thanks for sharing this book with us.

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    1. Medeia- It is a great book! :) ~L

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  11. I haven't read this yet, but I believe I have a thing for hotel mysteries. Seem to be attracted to them whether it's novels or TV shows. (There was a hotel mystery on Doctor Who and that was an excellent episode.) I'll have to search for this book soon!

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    1. Claudine- If you have a thing for hotel mysteries- then you will enjoy Floors! :) Happy Reading. ~L

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  12. I've never read this, but it's looks like a unique story for children.

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    1. Donna- It is definitely a unique story. :) Lots of fun! ~L

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