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The Sasquatch Escape

(The Imaginary Veterinary #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,351 ratings  ·  382 reviews
Ben Silverstein is set for boredom in his grandpa's rundown town of Buttonville. Until he and reckless Pearl Petal take a wounded baby dragon to the only veterinarian, Dr. Woo at her "Worm Hospital" -- actually for creatures from an imaginary world. After Ben leaves the front door unlocked, the intrepid pair must rescue the escaped giant stingy and very hairy sasquatch.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
I would like to say that I have read this, but alas I have not been given the chance. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and when it came in the mail my 10yo son grabbed it and read it. He liked it so much that he did his next book report on it. His friends liked his report so much they borrowed it. We finally got it back but I don't know where it is. So I'm writing this review to let other 4th grade boys and girls (or close to it on either side) that there is a great chance they'll enjoy this b ...more
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Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story!

Ben is being sent to his Grandpa Abe's house to spent the summer in an old manufacturing town called Buttonville.

Buttonville is where the old button factory closed down when people did not want to pay a lot of money for handmade buttons, when they could buy machine made buttons for a cheaper price. So Buttonville became like a ghost town.

When Grandpa picked Ben up at the airport, they drove home in silence because Ben was shy and really did not know Grandpa well, he saw him th
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this to my six and four year old, and it kept all of us(including my wife occasionally) completely entertained. Look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was our second book for Oregon Battle of Books 2016. This was an awesome choice for the kids, and I've been wanting to read this for awhile myself.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
the Sasquatch Escape is one of the most exiting adventure novel that I hope for all of you Book Loving People to read
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
3.5 Stars. We read this with my girls for school and they really enjoyed it and were usually disappointed when we would only read a chapter a night. I actually enjoyed reading it with them and look forward to seeing where the author takes the story in the series. There were definitely a lot of unanswered questions that I assume will be answered as the series goes along.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty silly and loads of fun! :) Highly recommended for kids.~
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, entertaining story that left me excited to finish their series! Great for 4th graders!
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: z2017
I realize that I'm not the target audience for this type of book, but I've enjoyed middle school books before. It's just that this one felt more like an elementary school book. I'm sure younger audiences will love it.
First Reads Review - The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors

When I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program, I was hoping for something a little like Goosebumps, I think, something light with supernatural elements and things like that. What I got was even better, taking the imaginary and blending it with the real in ways that are not quite so innocently childish as one might think. At the surface this is a very cute story involving a Sasquatch, a baby wyvern, a cat-man, a worm doc
stefano cia
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Sasquatch Escape
author: Suzanne Selfors
Book review #1
Stefano Cia

The Sasquatch Escape is the first book of the “imaginary veterinary” series, and there are 6 books in the series. All 6 books were published by the same author named Suzanne Selfors. The first book was officially published in 2013. If you love to read fictional books like me, you will love to read this series. Its full of suspense and fantasy with a lot of adventure. The book’s message is made to let you know that h
Really 3.5 stars. Cute adventure story with some fantasy thrown in. Definitely more for the kid who doesn't like high fantasy than for the kid who does. It's the type of fantasy where the world is normal and everything is normal and the way we know it, until a certain point when it is revealed that there's actually a secret fantasy world hiding behind the one we know. What's that called? Is there a name for that type of fantasy? I'm now googling all kinds of Fantasy genres and the closest I can ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I noticed this book at the library I volunteer in, tucked in among the awards section. This novel has won some awards in the state we live in (Iowa) and I wanted to start introducing our son to longer form books that still have some pictures to keep him interested.

We both adore this book. He was sold from the beginning and wanted to know all about the sasquatch and what was going to happen next with Pearl and Ben. Every night I was asked about reading a book at bedtime, and I have to admit, that
A well paced book with bland characterization but pretty nice on the paranormal creatures side.

Several points of the book were very fine. For example, I liked the addition of old people as secondary characters and I appreciated the care put in the various creatures. The art also worked well with the story and was in a style I enjoyed (I think it's a good idea to have illustrations when there are paranormal creatures). The story wasn't thrilling, but what happened was enough to keep me entertaine
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-fant
If you have middle grade readers, pick up this series! The physical book has delightful illustrations by Dan Santat, and the audiobook has an excellent narrator. This is about a young boy who gets sent to live with his grandfather in a very small town over the summer. There he meets a girl about his age and finds a baby dragon. In trying to take care of the baby dragon, the two main characters get swept into a hunt for an escaped sasquatch! Very fun all around and there are more if your readers ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ben is sent to his grandfather's very small town of Buttonville for the summer so his parents can work out some issues. Life in New York City is vastly different from life in Buttonville where they have a worm hospital.

When Grandpa's cat brings home a bat - things start to look up. But it is really not a bat - bat don't breathe fire right?

I thought this was a really cute story with lots happening for children in the pre-teen years. I'll have to remember this one from when my own grandson gets
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating for an 8YO! My child and I read this together for a summer reading project. She really enjoyed it. It would have been too difficult for her to read on her own. I would say a really good 8YO reader would be able to - but could be for 4th grade level.
Angela Sollom
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
cute intro book to the rest of the series.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book with our 9 year old for her global reading challenge at school. It was a cute, fun book. Our daughter really enjoyed it, too.
Jane Maple
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
The Sasquatch Escape is the first in The Imaginary Veterinary series. It takes place in Buttonville. There is nothing much happening there since the factory closed. Ben is staying the summer with his grandfather and he can’t think of anything worse. On the way from the airport Ben looks up and sees a bird (?) as big as a helicopter (?) with a tail (?) and suddenly Buttonville doesn’t seem too dull. Pearl, from the Dollar Store, saw it too and she thinks it landed at the abandoned factory. Before ...more
Maybe because I live in the Pacific Northwest (Bigfoot country!) I will always pick up books like this. Ten-year-old Ben is spending a dull summer with his grandfather in a tiny town where nothing ever happens. Then his grandfather's cat brings home what appears to be a baby dragon! Ben and neighbor girl Pearl soon discover the secret of their small town's so-called "Worm Hospital", and that Imaginary Creatures, including Sasquatch, do exist! This book is first in a series.
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook-reads
This was a cute fantasy/mystery. Younger readers will love the imaginary creatures in this one...mostly dragons and a huge, lovable Sasquatch, but the author hints at many more creatures to come as the series continues. The mysterious Mr. Tabby is a great character, and he and Dr. Woo add to the mystery of what exactly is going on in Buttonville. Lots of activities in this book for kids, as well, which I think will add to its appeal.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Charming book. I would've really liked it as an elementary schooler. Ben wasn't into it the first time I tried to get him to read it, but we picked it back up a few months later and he flew through it. Looking forward to reading the sequels.
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, middle-grade
My son really liked this one. It's the biggest book he's tackled on his own so far. I'm shelving it on my GoodReads so it will generate some recommendations for him. He's not quite ready for his own account.
One Sentence Review: A nice little boy-meets-bigfoot story that pretty much kicks off a series more than it necessarily stands on its own.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a series to introduce to 3rd graders!
Jill Cd
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a fun read with a sufficient amount of action. I will continue with this series.
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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.

Please visit her at to learn more about her books.


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