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3 Below by Patrick Carman

Posted by Caitie F on August 31, 2012

Title: 3 Below 
Author: Patrick Carman
Hardcover: 240 pages
Pub Date: Sept 1, 2012
Publisher:  Scholastic
Rating: +++

Summary from goodreads:

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

Now that Leo has uncovered a few secrets behind the wacky Whippet Hotel, he’ll have to save it!

Leo has explored the zany, wonderful Whippet Hotel from basement to top floor, with trains, flying goats, and mazes (among other things) in between. But even Leo doesn’t know every secret of the Whippet – and when he discovers that there’s more beneath the hotel than he’d thought, it doesn’t take long for more adventures to unfold


I loved the first book in this series, Floors so when the publicist handed me this at BEA I got really excited to read it!

Sadly, I think the first book was much better planned out and had a better story. That was original and entertaining and this book was much less on both accounts.

It didn’t help that it was the very same villain from the previous book, so I spent the entire book knowing they would easily defeat her since they did the last time. I also figured out a twist very quickly because I knew what the man who built the hotel was like. It feels like other readers, both kids and adults, will be able to pick up on it very quickly. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t a fun book tough!

The other issue is that the basement floors just weren’t as entertaining. I never stopped to really picture them because the picture wasn’t all that great, especially when I compared it to the first book.

Leo is still an excellent character and saved this book from being a huge disappointment. He is such a brave and intelligent kid and it makes it a lot more fun to read what is going on in his head. He also gets silly and Remi also adds a lot of humor to the book. Their friendship is even stronger and they complement each other really well.

I wish I had enjoyed this more, since Floors was so good, but I will still look forward to seeing what is next in Leo and Remi’s adventure!

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