Review: The Snatchabook by Helen & Thomas Docherty

Snatchabook The Snatchabook
by Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty

ISBN-13: 9-781402-290824
Publication: October 2013 from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Source: Sourcebooks @ BEA
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it!
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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.


The Snatchabook by Helen & Thomas Docherty is an adorable children’s book about the mysterious disappearance of story books. The heroine Eliza Brown finds the culprit and hatches a plan to get the books returned and keep everyone happy – including the elusive thief.

This book is so much fun to read out loud. The rhyme scheme of the narrative lends the words a musical quality and is perfect for catching and keeping a child’s interest. I’ve already read this one to a grade one class and they had a blast figuring out who was stealing all the books (one bright kid guessed right away it was the Snatchabook who “flew into town”), spotting the little creature on different pages and then recommending their own favourite books that they could share and read out loud if they were ever visited by the Snatchabook.

4 heart

The Snatchabook is graced with quite wonderful illustrations that set the mood of each page and really allow children to explore Burrow Down and easily follow the progression of the story. Helen and Thomas Docherty have crafted a picture book treasure that I will definitely enjoy sharing with any and all future students.

I am very lucky to have a guest post from Helen and Thomas Docherty later today, so please stop by to read about the inspiration behind the character of the Snatchabook and view some sketches of his early incarnations.

ARC obtained at Book Expo America from the publisher. Thank you!