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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Carman Narrator: Jesse Bernstein Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Floors Trilogy Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545426442
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Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel.

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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 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. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake . . . and so is Leo's own future!
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imagine The Westing Game mixed with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory amped up with Patrick Carman creating the craziest hotel in the world. Now add ducks. And a pocket-sized robot that won’t stop talking. Floors is just the fun, crazy mystery you have been looking to solve.”

    Jon Scieszka, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A madcap mystery reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Ellen Raskin, complete with bizarre inventions, a mystery involving a missing billionaire and his fortune, and even a crazy elevator or two.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Leo jumps into an adventure-filled, suspenseful quest through secret rooms on hidden floors…Mixing mystery; colorfully drawn, offbeat characters; and some Willy Wonka–evoking flourishes, this series starter offers an absorbing, entertaining read with an appealing and sympathetic protagonist. Fantastical inventions and humorous scenarios abound, but the story also sensitively explores themes of loss, healing, and family.”

    Booklist

  • “Beguiling…The author is a fine storyteller; he rides the mystery right up to the edge and invests his characters with quirks that aren’t merely cute but essential to the person’s identity.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Young Leo is a likable hero, and it’s a treat to spend time in the fascinating hallways of the Whippet Hotel.”

    Children’s Literature

  • Recommended for the 2011Parents' Choice Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 2/13/2014

    " Almost 5 stars but starts off a but slow... Then its one part jeremy fink, one part Willy Wonka... The ending in particular was very wonka... Almost beyond homage, and a little obvious to this Wonkavite, however for part 1 of a series, this had a good ending which was refreshing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 1/23/2014

    " Really good. If I could, i would rate it 300 stars out of negative 300. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 1/22/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Bought it at a book fair and it was a good price and ended up being a fun read. I originally bought it for my nine year old to read but she didn't seem interested, so I picked it up and read it. It has fun characters and quirky rooms/floors in the hotel. A great twist at the end. I was laughing outloud on a few parts. I would recommend it to anyone with kids from third grade up. I can't wait to see how book two (if there is one) turns out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Maddin | 1/22/2014

    " A great adventure/ mystery story for middle grade readers. Whimsy and humour, suspense and ducks all rolled together in one book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ofilia | 1/5/2014

    " Highly reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Floors is a fun romp within a wacky hotel. Carman does a lovely job of portraying male relationships between Leo and his dad, Leo and his mentor, Merganzer and Leo and his best friend, Remi. Highly imaginative, if not original, Floors does ply into this childhood fantasy of secret rooms with incredible themes come to life. The action moves along briskly and with lots of kid humor where all's well that ends well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Thomas | 12/16/2013

    " read aloud to kids, we all enjoyed it! fun adventure story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 12/15/2013

    " This was quite entertaining. Leo has some great adventures. I would love to visit and stay in the Whippet Hotel. I'm glad my daughter recommended it to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorcas | 10/6/2013

    " 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) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlou Lunsford | 9/1/2013

    " 10-year old Leo is the son of the maintenance man of a most unusual hotel filled with mystery floors. This was a very fun read, would make a good read aloud, and allows all kinds of wonderful pictures to form in your mind. Listened to the CD and becoming a great fan of Jesse Bernstein as a reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia | 7/25/2013

    " I had a hard time getting through this, while the concept was great, I just did not feel the tug of the story.... :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci | 7/14/2013

    " A magical story about a wonderful hotel and the mystery that it brings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nana | 7/10/2013

    " a fast read book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Heywood | 7/5/2013

    " Really liked it. Reminded me a lot of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Payton | 6/6/2013

    " i read this book in one day. i like the oddities in the hotel and the mystery. it also felt like i was in the hotel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 3/21/2013

    " clever story- great book- my kids loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meet | 11/14/2012

    " I liked it but while I was reading it, the whole plot seemed exactly like the one in charlie and the chocolate factory. The only change was the main character ended up with a hotel in the end instead of a chocolate factory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/22/2012

    " Read out loud with Simon January - March 11. He really enjoyed. Very imaginative, creating great visual pictures in your mind! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mrs Child | 5/29/2012

    " Bit of a mystery and not the sort of hotel for everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leila | 4/29/2012

    " An amazing book with great ideas and amazing out of the world floors. I wish I lived at the Whippet Hotel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Drazkowski | 4/5/2012

    " A 'modern' Willy Wonka story but set in a hotel...theming is even the same! Some of my students have enjoyed it, although I thought it was odd and a rip-off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/11/2011

    " Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Childrens | 10/22/2011

    " This is a great read for people who loved Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is a similar story line with a mystery component. Gwen Miller, youth services librarian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 10/18/2011

    " It was a quick, fun, read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.J. | 10/9/2011

    " i loved it when Jane Yancey attacked miss parks because of what Leo and Remi told her.And i loved the flying animal room it seems so fun espacialy the flying goat he was kind of cool.In the end Merginizer D. Wippet came back!And now the Wippet Hotel is Leo's. What a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci | 9/9/2011

    " A magical story about a wonderful hotel and the mystery that it brings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 7/6/2011

    " Professional review. I will say that this one was really fun! "

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About the Author
Author Patrick Carman

Patrick Carman grew up in Salem, Oregon, and graduated from Willamette University. His first book, The Dark Hills Divide, spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His other bestselling series work includes the Land of Elyron series, the Atherton series, and the Elliot’s Park series. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Patrick worked in advertising for a decade and has also created board games and launched several businesses.

About the Narrator

Jesse Bernstein is an audiobook narrator. His many works include The Battle of the Labyrinth, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Girls, Chasing Windmills, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Series.