September 1, 2011 / ISBN: 0545255198
Fantasy / Ages 8 and up (tweeners)
by Brenda Weeaks
Imagine finding a children’s book fascinating enough to keep
a child’s interest and it doesn’t include witches, vampires,
or magic, etc…
“Floors” is all about a boy named Leo, who sets out
to solve the mystery of the hotel’s missing owner.
Leo and his father take care of the Whippet Hotel. Job requests
are delivered on tickertape that comes right out the jaws a shark
hanging on the wall. Leo’s mom passed away. Leo and his dad
live in the basement and sleep on cots. They are actually content
with their lives because they love what they do, which is taking
care of a very unusual hotel. There are others who stay in the hotel,
too. They are all unique in their own way. The new doorman is a
boy Leo’s age and he joins in on the secret of the missing
owner. The rooms are wonderfully weird. I love the idea of the cake
The Whippet is a small hotel on a big piece of prime property and
someone wants to take it over. As Leo tries to find out what happened
to Mr Whippet the owner, someone tries to sabotage the hotel. It’s
up to Leo and his new friend to find out what’s going on.
It’s a wild ride with some crazy cool characters, unusual
inventions and zany rooms.
What an entertaining debut in a promising new series. Kids will
embrace Leo and this wonderful hotel and use their imaginations
as they try to create the floors in their own minds.