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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, AZα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Sent to spend the summer in his grandfather’s small town, 10-year-old Ben Silverstein has an adventure bigger than any he could fabricate when he and new friend Pearl corral an escaped Sasquatch. In this promising start to the Imaginary Veterinary series, Dr. Emerald Woo, veterinarian to imaginary creatures, has set herself up in a closed-down factory. Because the kids have discovered her secrets, rescuing not only the foul-smelling bigfoot but also a wyvern caught by Grandpa Abe’s cat, she offers them summer apprenticeships in what she calls Dr. Woo’s Worm Hospital. They will be supervised by the mysterious Mr. Tabby, a man with a red mustache and a long cat’s tail. The title concludes with further information about the mythical creatures, suggestions for readers’ own stories or art, a science connection, and a recipe for pudding. The series’ preposterous situation and the need for secrecy provide plentiful opportunities for suspense as well as humor, and it should appeal to middle-grade readers who will ignore the curricular postscripts. Santat’s finished illustrations were unavailable for review. Grades 3-6. --Kathleen Isaacs
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Series: The Imaginary Veterinary (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316209341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316209342
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Suzanne Selfors lives on an island near Seattle where it rains all the time, which is why she tends to write about cloudy, moss-covered, green places.
She's married, has two kids, and writes full time.
Her favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, and most especially, Roald Dahl.
You can visit her at www.suzanneselfors.com.

Customer Reviews

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My six year old grandson has read this book twice since Christmas and loves it.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When Ben Silverstein's grandfather picks him up from the airport to take him to Buttonville where he's been sent by his parents for the summer, things don't look so good. Ben has already gotten in trouble for telling "stories," designed to convince his mom to let him stay home. The town is nothing like his home in Los Angeles. It's a sad and run-down town, and I felt sad for Ben, driving in silence with his grandfather and wondering how he was going to survive his summer.

But before too long, things look like they might get better. Grandpa Abe turns out to be a kindhearted guy who encourages Ben's friendship with Pearl, even though the rest of the town sees her as a troublemaker. It turns out that it's generally a case of being a little scatterbrained and not thinking before she does things like pours blue dye in a neighbor's fish pond. But her fearless initiative is just what Ben needs when he finds what looks like a baby dragon. Pearl is sure that she saw a flying dragon land on the roof of the old button factory, and she finally convinces Ben to go with her to check it out.

The factory has a sign on it saying it's now Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital, but when her assistant Mr. Tabby sees what they've brought, he lets them in and they find out the truth, that it's a hospital for creatures from the Imaginary World, creatures who must never mix with the Known World. Unfortunately, they don't close the gate behind them and a Sasquatch who is currently being treated for a foot fungus gets out, unleashing the Imaginary World on the unsuspecting citizens of the Known World of Buttonville.

Mr. Tabby believes that Pearl and Ben should make it right, and send them out with the Sasquatch Catching Kit.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ARC on August 25, 2013
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I ordered this book for my 6 year old grandson, who was coming to visit us for a week. He's not quite reading on his own yet, and just about to start first grade. We are all avid readers in our family, and I wanted to be sure he develops a love of books too. I read the book out loud to him and his eight year old sister (she is a fantastic reader) each evening at bed time. We finished it the night before they were due to return home. I was SO happy to hear him say, "I love the Sasquatch Book; it's the best book I've ever read!" Both children enjoyed the illustrations, and my very active grandson relaxed and listened with great attention as I read the text.

Needless to say, I've already pre-ordered book two in the series to be shipped to him as soon as it is published, so my daughter or son-in-law can read it to him at their home. My thanks to the author for this great series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JYFC on September 16, 2013
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My 8 year old daughter and I have been reading this book together as a general reading requirement for her third grade class. The level is appropriate for a third grader with a few difficult words thrown in. The chapters can be a tad long for a child to read (averaging15 pages) but definitely doable. The story was entertaining and had many laugh out loud parts for my daughter. I found it to be well written and would recommend this book. We have ordered and pre ordered the second and third installments.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2013
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I got this with the idea that my voracious 8 year old reader would enjoy it. She hasn't read it yet but I wound up doing so. Since it's a preview it didn't take me long of course, but I did enjoy what was there. Fantasy creatures, mysterious goings on, and a town that could be in my own backyard are always interesting but this author actually kept them interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMG on April 4, 2013
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Great entertaining story so far. Just can't stop reading because you want to find out what happens next! Love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angelia R Steiner on June 30, 2013
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I bought this book for my 8-year-old goddaughter, and she loved it! She's a squatcher, and she enjoyed every page!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn on March 21, 2014
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We really like this story. We read it to my son as a bed time story over the course of a few weeks. We did have to edit some language and some scary statements (we changed the word stupid to silly and we just skipped statements about getting eaten by monsters). My son just turned 4, so this content may be appropriate for an older child depending on what they have already been exposed to. The story itself was good enough to really hold his attention and lead to some nice tantrums when we hit our chapter limit for the night! We have pre-ordered the next book and are very excited to read it. The reason I removed a star was for name calling. For now we can edit the story, but soon enough my son will be reading this and I don't want him reading about calling people stupid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sanjay patel on March 9, 2013
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My son loved these five chapters. He can not wait till the rest of book comes out. Not bad for a free book.
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