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The Sasquatch Escape
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The Sasquatch Escape
Imaginary Veterinary Series, Book 1
When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather's cat...
When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather's cat...
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  • When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather's cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon?
    Amazed, Ben enlists the help of Pearl Petal, a local girl with an eye for adventure. They take the wounded dragon to the only veterinarian's office in town — Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital. But as Ben and Pearl discover once they are inside, Dr. Woo's isn't a worm hospital at all — it's actually a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.
    After Ben accidentally leaves the hospital's front door unlocked, a rather large, rather stinky, andvery hairy beast escapes into Buttonville. Ben and Pearl are tasked with retrieving the runaway creature, and what started out as an ordinary summer becomes the story of a lifetime.
    Suzanne Selfors delivers a wild journey filled with mythical creatures and zany adventures that are anything but imaginary.


    This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Sasquatch Escape. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!

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  • DOGO Books edmodo-xtve3vdbkn - In 'The Sasquath Escape: The Imaginary Veterinary", a ten-year old boy name Ben Silverstein leaves to his grandpa's house in Buttonville for the summer, bringing his pet hamster. In his time there his he finds an imaginary wounded dragon but his grandfather can't see the dragon. her finds a friend named Pearl, who also can see imaginary creatures. They take the dragon to a veterinarian's office, but they figure out the veterinarian's office is actually a secret hospital for imaginary creatures. Ben leaves the door unlocked to the office and a hairy beast escape the office. Ben and Pearl have to catch the beast.This book is gets more interesting as I read on. It is an exciting and fun book, I enjoyed reading it.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 25, 2013
    When 10-year-old Ben Silverstein arrives in smalltown Buttonville to stay with his grandfather, he is prepared for the most boring summer ever. Buttonville has its share of excitement, however, starting when Ben and a local girl named Pearl see what looks like a dragon flying to the newly opened “worm hospital” outside town. When Ben discovers an injured dragon hatchling, he and Pearl head to the hospital, which is actually a refuge for imaginary creatures (including that other kind of worms—dragons) run by the mysterious Dr. Woo. While there, Ben accidently releases a sasquatch, and he and Pearl are sent to retrieve it. Selfors (Smells Like a Dog) has created an entertaining story that will pique readers’ interest from the first dragon sighting. Ben is a relatable main character, and daring, outspoken Pearl is the perfect partner in crime. Santat’s characteristically dynamic illustrations (not all seen by PW) complement a story that will have readers eager for the next book in the Imaginary Veterinary series. Ages 7–12. Author’s agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. Illustrator’s agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House.

  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2013
    Ben Silverstein's summer with Grandpa is about to go wild. When his parents need to "work out some troubles," 10-year-old Ben gets shipped off to tiny Buttonville, where everything seems to be closed or out of business since the button factory was shuttered years ago. Ben's used to spending summers in the pool in his Los Angeles backyard with his friends, and Buttonville looks positively coma-inducing. When Grandpa's mouser Barnaby deposits what has to be a baby dragon on Ben's bed, Ben and his new friend Pearl (whom the whole town calls "troublemaker" on account of a few innocent incidents) decide to visit the new "worm doctor" who has moved into the abandoned button factory. (Ben had heard her strange assistant Mr. Tabby buying ingredients for "dragon's milk" at the grocery....) When their visit unleashes a hairy, pudding-loving imaginary beast on the town of Buttonville, Ben and Pearl volunteer to catch him. Selfors kicks off her Imaginary Veterinary series with a solid, entertaining opener. Ben and Pearl are Everykids that readers will relate to, and the adults of Buttonville are often delightfully weird and clueless. Twenty-five pages of backmatter include information on wyverns and sasquatch as well as the science of reptiles and a pudding recipe. More hijinks-filled adventure than mystery, this is sure to win an audience. (Adventure. 8-12)

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  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2013

    Gr 3-5-Ben Silverstein, 10, is sent to his grandfather's house in sleepy Buttonville for the summer while his parents sort out "some troubles." When his grandfather's cat brings home a baby dragon, Ben discovers that Buttonville may actually be the most exciting place in the country. He and his new sort-of friend, Pearl Petal, discover that the old button factory is now home to Dr. Woo and a hospital for creatures from the Imaginary World. When they arrive with the injured baby dragon, Ben inadvertently lets a sasquatch into the Known World, and he and Pearl must return the hairy beast before anyone notices him. Funny, touching, and sure to please, this title is full of charm. Kids will relate to Ben and his troubles, root for the amazing animals, and enjoy Santat's zany illustrations. Selfors ends the book with information about the featured creatures, story and art prompts, a "Science Connection," and a cool recipe. Recommended to fans of Gordon Korman's "Swindle" series (Scholastic).-Terry Ann Lawler, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZ

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers The best books are those in which imaginary creatures leap off the page and into our world — just one of the reasons why this book is a ton of fun. I can't wait for more adventures!
  • Publishers Weekly An entertaining story that will pique readers' interest from the first dragon sighting...Santat's characteristically dynamic illustrations complement a story that will have readers eager for the next book in the Imaginary Veterinary series.
  • Kirkus Reviews A solid, entertaining opener. Ben and Pearl are Everykids that readers will relate to, and the adults of Buttonville are often delightfully weird and clueless....More hijinks-filled adventure than mystery, this is sure to win an audience.
  • School Library Journal Funny, touching, and sure to please, this title is full of charm. Kids will relate to Ben and his troubles, root for the amazing animals, and enjoy Santat's zany illustrations.
  • Library Media Connection, starred review From the first dragon sighting, readers will be thoroughly entertained with this hijinks-filled adventure story. Ben and Pearl are fun-seeking characters, while Santat's illustrations perfectly complement a story that mixes reality with the imaginary. Young readers will be anxious for future adventures in the Imaginary Veterinary series.

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