9780545255219_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Field of Wacky Inventions is the third (and final?) book in the Floor Series. I had an opportunity to read the first two books in the series but I passed them up. Now I am regretting it. At the time they seemed a little too wacky and childish, however, the third installment was a very fun and enjoyable book.

Leo is a boy who owns and runs his own hotel called the Whippet Hotel. It is a rather unique and interesting place and it was designed and built by a rather unique and interesting person. Merganzer D. Whippet is a billionaire genius inventor who seems to live life to its fullest. Merganzer has taken Leo and his step-brother Remi on an adventure to a place called the Field of Wacky Inventions. Their mode of travel? Merganzer attached a Zeppelin to the top of the Whippet hotel and took the top floor as ballast.

After flying above the clouds for a while, they met up with five other airships with what looked like other hotel tops hanging under them. As it turns out, that is exactly what they were. Merganzer has planned for a competition between all the managers of his hotels, and the winner will be put in charge of running them all. Leo and Remi spent the night in a tree house and were the last ones to make it to breakfast where everyone else was waiting for them. After breakfast everyone was told about the competition.

I thought this was a very good book and even though it was written for middle school kids I still felt it was a fun read for myself. The writing was not skimped on just because of the target audience; the story was well done and the important things in the story were ‘explained’ to help one understand what was going on. On top of that the story was very upbeat and gave positive reinforcement for many social interactions that people in general should follow. It gives a better way to deal with people that are not so nice without becoming like them.

Overall, an excellent book! I’ll have to try and read the first two.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Scholastic Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.