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3 Below

3 Below is the second book in the middle grade whimsical series Floors by Patrick Carmen.

Series are always best read in order, so if you haven’t read Floors yet you can check my review here, or go read it!!! If you already have, take a look at my thoughts on 3 Below:

Now that Leo is the owner of the madcap Whippet Hotel he feels an even stronger urge to uncover all its secrets and protect its strange wonder.

So when Merghanzer D. Whippet confides in Leo that the hotel is extremely behind on its taxes, Leo and his new brother Remi know they must save it by following Merghanzer’s nonsensical – but exciting! – instructions.

With their parents conveniently given a surprise honeymoon courtesy of Mr. Whippet, Leo and Remi find themselves exploring whole new floors and aspects of the Whippet Hotel!

That’s all I’m going to say as a synopsis of 3 Below, because the best thing about this book is going along for the ride!

After the rather dark, lyrical The Blood Keeper, I was definitely ready for something lighthearted – and hooray! This was perfect!! Returning to this wacky, eccentric, always adventurous hotel was cheerful, lively fun!!!

Here we get quirky entertainment with a classic-feeling mission in saving the hotel, a comically horrible villain, an enigmatic, childish, extraordinary genius, and a duo of boys to figure it all out and save the day.

3 Below is cute, funny, wild, fast-paced, and unpredictable and creates a clear picture in the imagination!

Reading this book was a blast – it’s full of miniscule robots, abnormally tiny things, abnormally giant things, mad scientists, greedy conspiracies, and more! Age really isn’t an issue here, if you want to sit back and just enjoy a crazy, amusing story – 3 Below will be excellent!

I look forward to more Floors novels in the future!

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