Even dragons love a good story...
Leo was a gentle knight in thought and word and deed.
While other knights liked fighting,
Leo liked to sit and read...
When Leo's mom and dad pack him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a swordand a pile of his favorite books.
But can a story be as mighty as a sword?
Praise for The Snatchabook:
#1 Indie Next Pick
"I dare you to try to read The Snatch-a-book 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 Snatch-a-book hear it?"Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick
"This ever-so-sweet story begs to be read out loud." Booklist
" 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 nightclever 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
"The story is sweet and the illustrations darling." Kirkus
"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
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is perfect for bookworm parents to read to their children. In this story, Leo is a knight who doesn't like to fight. He loves to read. When his parents force him to go on a quest to tame a dragon, he uses a very unconventional method to tame the dragon and a few other beasts along the way. The rhyming stanzas in this book are a little clunky at times, but the terrific illustrations and the wonderful story make up for the awkward language. I was cheering for Leo from the first page. This book is a little wordy, so it's probably best for ages 4-6. I loved the messages - both solving problems without fighting and the joy of reading. And the sight of a tiny mouse in armor with a tiny sword and shield were just too cute. Such a fun read! http://www.momsradius.com/2016/09/blog-tour-story-book-knight.html
The Storybook Knight was an absolutely adorable children's book. I loved how it rhymed, and I loved the story. The rhymes would make this book an excellent candidate for using to teach your kids to read! I think it was great how the Docherty's made the monsters so likable and human, i.e. the troll, the dragon and the Griffin. The illustrations are beautiful, and the cheerful story will lull your child to sleep, but this would also be a good book to read anytime in the day. Children: I believe this book will be loved by both little girls and boys. The book recommends ages 4 and up, but you could start to read this to your child as soon as you wanted, the more reading the better! You could even get your older children to read it to your younger children. The Storybook Knight is a great story about family. Parents: I think parents will also love this story, as it is sweet and likable. If the parents have to read this story over and over, I don't think they will get tired of reading it to their children. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars! Thank you to Helen Docherty, Thomas Docherty, Sourcebooks and JabberwockyKids for a copy of this book for my honest review and for this blog tour!
This is such an adorable book! I love that Leo is a bookworm and a knight who is gentle. The fact that he wins over all of his obstacles by being familiar with the creatures and showing them books just sets this book over the top for me (in the best way). The illustrations are beautiful and I really like the art style. It reminds me of older storybooks. I am always a fan of kids books that have detailed and colorful illustrations and this one does not disappoint in that regard! My second favorite thing about this book (first being the book-reading knight that wins everyone over with books) is that it shows kids that these creatures aren't scary even though they appear to be at first. This is a book that I know will be read and re-read over and over again. Already, my son has requested it be read to him twice, then he "read" it to me and then my husband (read = summarizing each page since he is 3). This is available in hardcover and is just a wonderful and beautiful book! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my review. My opinion is my own.
"The Storybook Knight" is an absolutely delightful tale of Leo, a knight (mouse) who doesn't like to fight. He is sent on a quest to defeat a dragon who has been terrorizing people. He encounters a scary griffin, troll, and the dragon on his quest. Instead of fighting them, he offers to read them a story and then gives them the book, sating their anger and giving them something more productive to do. He returns home victorious to be left in peace to read. The prose is quite poetic and the story is very fun! I loved the way he dealt with the bullies (mythical beasts). The pictures are absolutely gorgeous with so much color and beautiful combinations of color on fur and wings. It's a lovely and fun story that will have children giggling and mesmerized! I think this is one I will need to purchase to keep on my shelf! Please note that I received an advanced digital copy from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Let me start of by saying this.. I LOVE THIS BOOK! It might be because I am a huge bookworm myself, but it could also be because the artwork is gorgeous and that I really enjoyed the story itself too. The Storybook Knight is about a little mouse knight. However, is he isn't what you normally think of when you think of a knight. He is not much of a fighter, he is more of a reader (much to his parents dismay). So one day, his parents find an ad looking for a knight to tame a dragon and they send their son off! However, he doesn't fight like a knight normally would. He never even lifts his sword (except to point out that he has one). Instead, he takes out a book about whatever creature it is that he encounters on his journey and reads it to them! This settles down the creatures and allows him to continue on. Not a conventional method for a knight by any means, but it is very effective. I really like how this book doesn't condone that you need to fight to be brave and to solve your problems. That you can use a book (and your smarts) and find a solution. Also, I like that it shows that books bring people (or creatures!) together! And the artwork...it is gorgeous! So beautifully done. It is bright without being over whelming and it is a lot of fun to look at. It has a watercolor and ink quality to it and is just gorgeous. It really adds to the story. Needless to say, I am a huge fan of The Storybook Knight! This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/