The premise behind Floors by Patrick Carman is that Merganzer Whippet has been missing for over 100 days. His hotel, the Whippet Hotel, would be falling into disarray if not for the maintenance man and his son, Leo, who assists with repairs and walking the ducks, whom Merganzer has a special affinity for. When a mysterious box shows up for Leo, he is charged with solving the puzzle, exploring the unseen floors of the hotel and saving The Whippet.
Floors by Patrick Carman is a delightful and magical story about friendship, loyalty, and the value of a good duck. Ultimately, I loved it. It brought me back to the days I read Roald Dahl religiously and puzzled over The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Although Floors is similar in feel to those books, it is never derivative, but rather feels like an homage.
Leo, protagonist of Floors is a fantastic character. He is hard working. He is smart. He’s loyal and kind. Yet, he’s also lonely, which I think many children can relate to. I thought it was wonderful to see Leo navigate the waters of friendship, while also working through some of his issues. I mean, it’s nice to read a book about a good kid.
If you are on the prowl for a book that will take your imagination on flights of fancy, with a few eccentricities, starring an eccentric cast of characters including a headstrong duck named Betty, Floors by Patrick Carman is the book for you, or the child in your life.
Disclosure: Amazon Vine review copy.