This book is part of a new series about the imaginary veterinary and as such the book doesn’t conclude but leaves you as all good series should desperate for the new book to come out.
The main character in the book is Ben who has been sent to Buttonville to stay with his Granddad for the summer, whilst his parents sought some issues out. He thinks it’s going to be the most boring summer as Buttonville is a very small town, as can be seen from the map at the front of the book. But then be spots what he thinks is a dragon in the sky and his Granddad’s cat captures a baby dragon and the adventure begins. The only other person to spot the dragon is Pearl and Ben and her take the baby dragon to the only place that they can think of that will be able to help Dr Woo’s Worm Hospital, which turns out to be a secret hospital for imaginary creatures. Whilst at the hospital Ben accidentally leaves the hospital’s front door unlocked and Bigfoot escapes into Buttonville. Ben and Pearl are tasked with retrieving the runaway creature, and what started out as the most boring holiday ever becomes the story of a lifetime.
The characters of Ben and Pearl are normal children that everyone will be able to relate to, they get into trouble, have to do chores and tell stories sometimes. The characters at Dr Woo’s are weird and wonderful with Mr Tabby in particular brilliantly described and drawn. Some of the language, as it is based in America, such as sidewalk and Dollar Store needed to be explained to my children, but this did not detract from the story at all.
There are a few black and white illustrations throughout the book which complement the story and at the back of the book is a section headed Put Your Imagination To The Test which contains activity suggestions on writing, art and science.
Now I know this book is designed for children but I loved it and was hooked from the first page and was really disappointed when I finished it and cannot wait for the next instalment. My children loved it too!
Review by Wendy.
Thanks Wendy and thank you to Little, Brown for sending us a copy to review.