Book Review: Snatchabook by Helen & Thomas Docherty

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The Snatchabook by Helen & Thomas Docherty


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.


Written and illustrated by British husband-and-wife team, Helen and Thomas Docherty, The Snatchabook is both fresh and timeless with a universal theme that appeals to every child and 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 sharing, the value of empathy, and the joy of friendship. A celebration of reading and togetherness, The Snatchabook is set to be loved by generations.


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Sourcebooks Announces that The Snatchabook is #1 on the Autumn 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List!

Chosen by U.S. Booksellers from the top children’s and young adult titles for this fall.

“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.”—Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

“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 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

“The story is sweet and the illustrations darling.” —Kirkus Reviews

“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. A first purchase for libraries everywhere.” —School Library Journal

“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

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 Inspired kathys reviews


This book has all the makings of a great picture book.  The illustrations are adorable and the text is easy to read and flows nicely.  My children are almost too old for picture books but I’m sure this would have been one they picked often when they were young for a bedtime story.  It’s one I would not have minded reading repeatedly.




4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend

Source: Netgalley Review Copy



  1. I recieved this book at ALA, and I LOVE IT. It’s one I read to my 9 month old daughter at least once a week. So cute!