The Snatchabook

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A brilliantly written, laugh-out-loud rhyming text about books and the joy of reading in the vein of New York Times bestsellers It's a Book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and Dog Loves Books.

Where have all the bedtime stories gone?

One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down...when a Snatchabook flew into town.

It's bedtime in the woods of Burrow Down, and all ...

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Overview

A brilliantly written, laugh-out-loud rhyming text about books and the joy of reading in the vein of New York Times bestsellers It's a Book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and Dog Loves Books.

Where have all the bedtime stories gone?

One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down...when a Snatchabook flew into town.

It's bedtime in the woods of Burrow Down, and all the animals are ready for their bedtime story. But books are mysteriously disappearing. Eliza Brown decides to stay awake and catch the book thief. It turns out to be a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. All turns out well when the books are returned and the animals take turns reading bedtime stories to the Snatchabook.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
What if all the bedtime books suddenly disappeared? That’s the curious nighttime incident in the snug forest animal community of Burrow Down, and it’s up to an intrepid rabbit named Eliza Brown to find the culprit. Her discovery is the adorable eponymous critter, a cross between an insect and a bat (with a leonine tail for good measure), who promptly throws himself on Eliza’s mercy: “I know it’s wrong, but can’t you see—/I’ve got no one to read to me!” Eager to make “his full amends,” the Snatchabook is welcomed into Burrow Down’s homes, and is last seen “perched happily on someone’s bed.../ listening hard to each word said.” Although the creatures are a mite too cute and the verse overly singsong, the husband-and-wife team of the Dochertys have a winner in this heartwarming tribute to the essential role of bedtime reading in the lives of families. Thomas Docherty’s watercolor cartoons are quite splendid, especially for the impressive use of lapis blue to set the nocturnal scenes. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
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"This book is adorable..It absolutely hollers to be read aloud! " - Stephanie Kilgore, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

"I nominate The Snatchabook as the star/poster child of a new Read to Your Child campaign. " - Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

"Snatchabook is that perfect, magical read-aloud! You'll be reading this story over and over again, so, don't be upset if the pages get a little worn around the edges." - Carolyn Anbar, Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, NJ

"With catchy verse and illuminating illustrations, it is a sweet, imaginative and clever story. I look forward to watching readers fall in love with "The Snatchabook" in October!" - Julie Anne Hughey, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

"This whodunit with an uplifting ending will appeal to fans of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! . . . [it] celebrates bedtime reading as a ritual to be revered, and features a thief who merely wants to share in the fun." - Shelf Awareness Pro

"What's not to love about a picture book that conveys a heartwarming message about bedtime stories and the simple joy of reading together? " - Parenthood.com

"Brilliantly written, laugh-out-loud rhyming verse by Helen Docherty and glowing artwork by Thomas Docherty lend a classic feel to this enchanting story . . .The Snatchabook celebrates the comfort of reading, the warmth of haring, the value of empathy and the joy of friendship." - California Kids!

""the tiniest (and the cutest) book thief ever." " - The Christian Science Monitor

"Young kids will delight in this playful rhyming story" - Canadian Family

""Brilliantly written, laugh-out-loud rhyming verse by Helen Docherty and glowing artwork by Thomas Docherty lend a classic feel to this enchanting story . . .The Snatchabook celebrates the comfort of reading, the warmth of haring, the value of empathy and the joy of friendship."" - California Kids!

""Delightful in every way, this rhyming story with its important messages about sharing, empathy and friendship, make "The Snatchabook" first-rate."-Kendal Rautzhan" - Books to Borrow, Books to Buy

"I dare you to try to read The Snatchabook silently to yourself. You can't do it. The book is so wonderful it demands to be read out loud. And besides, if you didn't read the book out loud, how would the Snatchabook hear it?" - Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick

"The story is sweet and the illustrations darling." - Kirkus

"Helen Docherty relates the story in a gently rhyming text while Thomas Doherty's colorful illustrations have a cozily old-fashioned look and feel. Overall, the book is a perfect candidate for a bedtime reading session." - Karen MacPherson, Scripps Howard

"With a lighthearted and oh-so-clever rhyme, and illustrations that are absolutely beyond charming, "The Snatchabook" is very likely going to be your child's new bedtime BFF. " - Bookworm Sez column

"[A] rollicking paean to the pleasures of reading aloud. " - The Wall Street Journal

"With rhyming text reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's work, this book refuses to be read silently. . . The gorgeous illustrations are a perfect match for the lively text. This book is a fabulous fit for both storytime and one-on-one reading. Children will be begging for this book to be read to them every night—clever ones will claim they want to keep the Snatchabook happy." - School Library Journal

"The husband-and-wife team of the Dochertys have a winner in this heartwarming tribute to the essential role of bedtime reading in the lives of families." - Publishers Weekly

"This ever-so-sweet story begs to be read out loud. The beautifully lit illustrations are full of fun details that are sure to please little kids, and each creature, from owl to squirrel, is cute as cute can be. No doubt this one will be a hit with kids and parents alike." - Booklist

"This whodunit with an uplifting ending will appeal to fans of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!... Children will revel in the message that bedtime reading is a ritual to be revered and will forgive the Snatchabook for his wish to share in it.
" - Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review

"A classic is born! The Snatchabook is an engaging and winsome story celebrating the precious tradition of bedtime stories...What a wonderful book for a child to find wrapped under their decorated tree this year! Highly recommended! " - Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, Iowa

"Looking for a new read aloud picture book so delightful that it sings? Look no further, it's here." - EarlyWord

School Library Journal
10/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—With rhyming text reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's work, this book refuses to be read silently. A Snatchabook, a lonely creature who loves books, is loose in Burrow Down. Books are disappearing every night, and "Eliza Brown at Number 3/was keen to solve the mystery./She planned one night to lie in wait/and use a pile of books as bait./Long hours passed without a peep/(she'd nearly fallen fast asleep)/when, suddenly, Eliza heard/a flap of wings:/a bat?/a bird?" Once the Snatchabook is discovered, Eliza quickly hatches a plan, resulting in a satisfying ending. The gorgeous illustrations are a perfect match for the lively text. This book is a fabulous fit for both storytime and one-on-one reading. Children will be begging for this book to be read to them every night-clever ones will claim they want to keep the Snatchabook happy. A first purchase for libraries everywhere.—Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Thomas Docherty's art is the strongest element of this sweet story whose rhythm sometimes misses the mark. The story opens with a rabbit named Eliza Brown happily reading herself a bedtime story, when a creature called a Snatchabook flies into town. Beginning with Eliza's book, the Snatchabook snatches the stories of everyone reading that night--both individuals and families of charmingly illustrated forest-dwelling creatures--right out of their hands. The sometimes-uneven meter ("Tales of dragons, spitting flames; / Witches playing spooky games; / Pirates on the seven seas; / Princesses trying to sleep on peas") grates, but it only slightly diminishes the charm of the story and illustrations. Thomas Docherty successfully increases suspense by at first offering just glimpses of the Snatchabook's silhouette. When the disturbing thefts continue, Eliza sets a trap for the thief only to discover the culprit is an adorable creature with no one to read to him. Astute readers may wonder how stealing books would solve the Snatchabook's dilemma, but the resolution, in which the Snatchabook returns the stolen tomes and joins nightly read-alouds, satisfies. While the story is sweet and the illustrations darling, it's a pity it doesn't read aloud as smoothly as the books it celebrates. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402290824
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 75,887
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Docherty has spent most of her career as a language teacher, most recently specializing in Spanish. She lives in Bristol, England with her husband and co-author, Thomas, and their two young daughters.

Thomas Docherty studied metalwork and sculpture at college before becoming an illustrator of children's book. He lives in Bristol, England with his wife and co-author Helen and their two young daughters. His website is thomasdocherty.co.uk.

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  • Posted January 18, 2014

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    Such a fun book to read aloud for storytime, and the kids really

    Such a fun book to read aloud for storytime, and the kids really enjoyed it. We also talked about the books they were reading in the book, stories that featured dragons, spooky things, pirates, and princesses, and how we had read books on all these subjects at previous storytimes.  Great artwork and a story told in verse makes the book a joy to read aloud. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Great book...kids will love it! I know I did!!

    Great book...kids will love it! I know I did!!

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

    I read dozens of picture books each week to my kids. The vast ma

    I read dozens of picture books each week to my kids. The vast majority of them are not worth reviewing. Some of them are worth a mention, and every now and then, my kids and I fall in love with a story. The Snatchabook is a fall in love kind of book. It's the kind of book that I could see sticking around for a long time because the people that buy this book will put it on their shelves, read it to their kids, and love it to pieces. I love it. My kids love it. They ask to read it every night before bed.

    The text is written in rhyming verse. When rhyme is done right, the way it is in The Snatchabook, it's my favorite way to read a picture book.

    The illustrations are outstanding. Thomas Docherty's style is warm and expressive. He gives personality to his characters and breathes life onto the page. I love his artwork!

    This is one of my favorite picture books I've read this year! Highly recommended for kids ages 2-6.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    this is such an amazing book. the writing is lyrical - very Dr.

    this is such an amazing book. the writing is lyrical - very Dr. Suess. and the little creatures are so cute. There are so many subtle lessons here - about reading to kids, the joy of reading and importance of being read to, even the lesson of doing what is right. When the little snatchabook says "i've got no one to read to me" - it's just so sweet. A MUST!!!

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