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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402290829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402290824
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-With rhyming text reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's work, this book refuses to be read silently. A Snatchabook, a lonely creature who loves books, is loose in Burrow Down. Books are disappearing every night, and "Eliza Brown at Number 3/was keen to solve the mystery./She planned one night to lie in wait/and use a pile of books as bait./Long hours passed without a peep/(she'd nearly fallen fast asleep)/when, suddenly, Eliza heard/a flap of wings:/a bat?/a bird?" Once the Snatchabook is discovered, Eliza quickly hatches a plan, resulting in a satisfying ending. 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.-Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In cozy little nooks carved into trees and burrowed underground, woodland folk are reading their woodland babies to sleep. Eliza Brown, rabbit occupant of burrow number three, is also tucked in for the night and settling in with a good book. But there’s something on the loose—a book snatcher! Eliza is determined to confront the thief and, when she does, finds . . . a wee, winged creature called a Snatchabook, who is not scary at all and longing for someone to read to him. Not a problem, thinks Eliza. After the Snatchabook returns all the stolen tomes to their rightful bookshelves, he’s welcome to show up at bedtime in the forest to listen to wonderful stories. Even though the verse doesn’t always have quite the right rhythm, 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. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley

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This is one of my favorite picture books I've read this year!
Dena
I read it to my class right away and they LOVED it and were totally engrossed in the mystery of who was taking all of the books!
Tammy Burnside
This is a wonderful, warm story, ideal to read aloud and with charming illustrations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Celestejz on November 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love children’s books with beautiful art, great storylines and charming writing, so it’s probably unsurprising that I fell head-over-heels for Helen and Thomas Dochtery’s ridiculously charming Snatchabook.

When bedtime storybooks begin disappearing all over Burrow Down, a brave rabbit named Eliza Brown decides to stay awake and figure out who’s taking the books. Turns out, it’s a shy creature named Snatchabook, who only wants someone to read to him.

The Dochertys have created such a beautiful story with Snatchabook. Not only does the book reinforce a love of bedtime – something parents with reluctant sleepers will likely appreciate – it also reinforces the lesson of sharing, and the value of speaking your mind in a positive way.

Eliza shows just how willing she is to share her books and her bedtime stories, and the Snatchabook learns that sometimes, all you need to do is ask, to accomplish something that you really want. These are both lessons that I think parents will appreciate passing on to their kids.

Also, last but definitely not least, the illustrations in the book are amazing. They’re rich and warm, in a way that will definitely pull in younger readers, and make them marvel at how colorful the world can be.

Bottom line: Snatchabook is a charming book for both adults and children to read. I predict that this will become a bedtime staple in many a home in years to come, and I highly look forward to sharing this book with friends and family members of my own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol Ekster on October 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book to read aloud. It sends out a beautiful message about friendship and a love for books. I wish I wrote it. Fantastic picture book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heterodoxalxn on October 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My son enjoyed the story for sure, but what's more is I enjoyed reading the story to him. So many books I trudge through knowing the important thing is that he is enjoying the reading experience. This is sweet, and cute, and he loves the animals in the story. Good lesson, fun and easy to read with the rhythmic text and something both my son and I can enjoy- that's a great win any day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful book about one of the most important things any parent can give their children - a bedtime story. Little Eliza Brown settles down in Burrow Down for a bedtime read and "in every house, in every bed, a bedtime book was being read," when, suddenly, her book disappears! It is up to Eliza to discover who is stealing all the bedtime stories and get them back. This is a wonderful, warm story, ideal to read aloud and with charming illustrations. There is lots to talk about and discuss and the children will enjoy the illustrations from the books read, showing a whole host of favourite fairy tale characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michaela R. Johnson on October 17, 2013
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this book is too cute. myself and my son absolutely love books, so a book about a snatchabook who took all the books?! does it get better... nope. Adorable nighttime read for a toddler, and I love that this will grow with him into reading age!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on November 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In cozy Burrow Down, the rabbit Eliza Brown and her book-loving neighbors are without books to read at bedtime. Someone, or something, has been stealing books right from under their noses and Eliza is determined to find out who. When Eliza sets a clever trap for the book snatching thief and discovers the culprit is a Snatchabook, an adorable little imp, she quickly comes up with a plan to set things right. A beautifully illustrated story about sharing, forgiveness, and creative thinking, THE SNATCHABOOK is a fantastic read aloud story sure to enchant young readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dena on November 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read dozens of picture books each week to my kids. The vast majority of them are not worth reviewing. Some of them are worth a mention, and every now and then, my kids and I fall in love with a story. The Snatchabook is a fall in love kind of book. It's the kind of book that I could see sticking around for a long time because the people that buy this book will put it on their shelves, read it to their kids, and love it to pieces. I love it. My kids love it. They ask to read it every night before bed.

The text is written in rhyming verse. When rhyme is done right, the way it is in The Snatchabook, it's my favorite way to read a picture book.

The illustrations are outstanding. Thomas Docherty's style is warm and expressive. He gives personality to his characters and breathes life onto the page. I love his artwork!

This is one of my favorite picture books I've read this year! Highly recommended for kids ages 2-6.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen on November 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply awesome. The meter is so perfect that you can't read it to yourself! It's a read aloud must. The illustrations are adorable, so bright and colorful, yet, not overpowering. It's a book to be read again and again and again.
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