My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This is the story of Leo, who lives in a hotel that resembles an amusement park more than a hotel. There are secret rooms, secret elevators, and secret trains running through the in-between hidden floors of the hotel. When the owner of the hotel, Mr. Whippet, goes missing, he leaves clues for Leo to follow throughout the hotel, discovering its secrets, and saving the hotel from being torn down. But he insists that Leo take a friend with him for safety, so Leo brings the new bellboy, Remi, along for his adventures. Leo also has to bring one of the ducks from the hotel’s pond along with him as he explores the hotel, and Betty the Duck proves more useful than he expected!
This book has a lot of potential, and I liked the imaginative puzzles and secret rooms; but the story has a lot of plot holes and loose ends that didn’t make sense to me. The characters are fun and cute, but not anybody special. Leo has some good character development, but everyone else falls flat.
This book just didn’t capture my attention. It’s sort of one-dimensional. I think if I had read it when I was 8, I would have loved it though! It’s a silly and madcap Willy-Wonka type story, but the charm that I was expecting didn’t really happen.