Book Review: The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty

THE SNATCHABOOK is a cute, heartwarming bedtime story I wish I’d had on my shelves when I was little.


The Book Jacket Blurb

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 Review

I absolutely loved this book, especially because it highlights the love that goes into to bedtime story time.

Eliza is brave in her search for the Snatchabook. She teaches readers about misjudging others you don’t know, and about the power of sharing. It’s a simple message for kids, but especially in this day in age, it’s the perfect message: Sometimes when people are “have-nots” they do bad things without knowing any better. And sometimes, all it takes is sharing to make people nice.

THE SNATCHABOOK was impeccably written. The rhyming and the rhythm of the words were soothing and free-flowing, natural to the tongue and to children’s ears.  The illustrations were beautiful; fresh, but very reminiscent of the Golden Book picture books (like The Pesky Little Puppy) I loved as a child.

The Grade

5 stars

5.0 / 5.0

This is the perfect read both small children and adults, bedtime or not. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to have kids of my own to read it to by the glow of the night light.

The Snatchabook will release on October 1, 2013, and is available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local indie bookstore.

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