The Sasquatch Escape (The Imaginary Veterinary)

by Suzanne Selfors

Other authorsDan Santat (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2014

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2014), 240 pages


Spending the summer in his grandfather's rundown town, ten-year-old Ben meets an adventurous local girl and together they learn that the town's veterinarian runs a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.

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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Meh. A fun little adventure, I guess, but no depth, no real heart. Is it going to matter that the town is so poor? Are we going to get better acquainted with Grandpa's friends? Are Ben's parents going to work through their issues? Or is this just an amateurish romp?

Well, I can answer one question.
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Do I care enough to keep reading to find the other answers? No.

Oh, btw, the cover is totally misleading. Those characters never all interact at the same time, and most don't even meet each other. Nor do they go out at night.
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LibraryThing member wrightja2000
So-so for me as an adult reader but I have no doubt that my elementary aged kids will find it highly entertaining and funny. It is silly, exciting, and squeaky clean in terms of language, violence, and scary bits. The ending even has an appendix of discussion questions and activities and crafty
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ideas to extend learning of used in a classroom.
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LibraryThing member amandabock
This goes in the "not very good but some kids will like it" category. It took me ages to finish because it was so easy to put down. The back matter about mythical creatures was more interesting than the story.
LibraryThing member jennybeast
Kids have recommended this book to me -- and I'm super glad they like it. It didn't really appeal to me at all.


Great Stone Face Book Award (Nominee — 2015)
Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (Nominee — Grades 3-5 — 2015)
Garden State Children's Book Award (Nominee — Fiction — 2016)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 2017)
Iowa Children's Choice Award (Nominee — 2019)
Virginia Readers' Choice (Winner — Elementary — 2015)
Idaho Battle of the Books (Elementary — 2021)




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