REVIEW: The Snatchabook by Helen & Thomas Docherty
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.
MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
This was an adorable little bedtime story that is just the perfect length for my four year old. The bedtime books are being stolen from the animals of Burrow Down, and Eliza Brown the bunny is determined to find out what’s going on! She finds the Snatchabook is responsible, and though he is stealing, his heart is in the right place.
I absolutely loved the illustrations, especially the ones showing the little animal families reading together. I have been reading to my child from an early age, so it’s important to me that he grasp how much I love our reading rituals. He liked that it rhymed, and he asked questions all the way through.
The book teaches that even though you make mistakes, you can fix them through hard work. It also impresses upon children the importance of books, even though they may not realize it. The Snatchabook is a nice addition to our bedtime routine.
About the Authors
Helen Docherty has spent most of her career as a language teacher, most recently specializing in Spanish. Thomas Docherty studied metalwork and sculpture at college before becoming an illustrator of children’s book. His website is thomasdocherty.co.uk. Helen and Thomas live in Bristol, England with their two young daughters.