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The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  410 ratings  ·  101 reviews
The Grey Lady loves strawberries. But so does the Strawberry Snatcher, and unfortunately for the Grey Lady he is not far away and getting closer all the time. Past flower shops and bakeries he stalks her, silently, steadily, biding his time. He pursues her by foot along haunting red-brick paths, and then by skateboard into the mysterious depths of a swamp both beautiful an ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Aladdin (first published 1980)
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Lisa Vegan
I love to read, and I love words, but I also love art and I have found many wordless picture books that I’ve admired and enjoyed.

This wordless picture book was not my cup of tea at all.

It was too creepy for me; sometimes I like creepy, but not here.

It was a Caldecott Honor Book, but I wasn’t wild about the illustrations. Once again, they were too creepy, and too garish, and just not to my taste. I liked parts of several of the illustrations and enjoyed a few of them, but overall I didn’t like th
Sep 29, 2007 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: grey ladies, illiterate berry fiends
Most pictures are worth a thousand words, but the ones in this book could pay off our national debt. Molly Bang's book makes a good case for the abolition of written language, not to mention birth control. I personally can't wait to introduce my offspring to the Malaysian skateboarding woman with her bucket of eels, nor to soothe them through night terrors inflicted by horror of the Strawberry Snatcher.

Best book ever not written.
This is an intriguing wordless book. The pictures are so surreal and strange, but somehow they are quite engaging. Are they neat, or are they disturbing? I can't quite make up my mind, and each time I look at the book my opinion changes. I guess this is what art is supposed to do to a viewer.

My nephew really seemed to like this book, and he asked me to read it to him again. My niece enjoyed it, as well, because she likes hide and seek books, which this kind of is. She also found the pictures to
Catey Steele
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang is a very well illustrated wordless picture book. This wordless picture book brings imagination to a whole new level. The story of the Grey Lady who loves strawberries, but she finds out who loves them a whole lot more. The Strawberry Snatcher was such a mysterious character, and the illustrations helped show this. The suspense of the story was extremely captivating, and made the readers want more. Sometimes it is hard for me to read wordle ...more
The illustrations in this word-less book are wonderfully imaginative, and detailed. Molly Bang starts the book with a visit to a fruit vendor. His baskets of cherries, plums, and strawberries entice the reader from the cover. An elderly gray haired woman in a gray dress beams as the vendor hands her a luscious basket filled with plump strawberries. She places it in her net bag and smiling contentedly leaves the vendor's shop. As she goes we see a mysterious figure peer around the corner. He has ...more
Alyssa Roberts
In this Caldecott honor picture book, a strange blue creature with long fingers, otherwise known as the strawberry snatcher, tries whatever he can to snatch the strawberries from the grey lady. She escapes by swinging from a vine, catching a bus an blending into a grey swamp. The strawberry snatcher get frustrated and finds some yummy blackberries instead! This book had some of the most interesting illustrations I have ever seen in a picture book. The illustrations are very strange and eerie whi ...more
One of my favorite classic children's books, I had this when I was around 5 yrs. and used to spend hours starting at it because the pictures are so detailed and, well, creepy. A really good book to get little imaginations brewing (and hopefully not crying!). DCPL peeps, we all just got a new copy, check it out.
This book's haunting paintings are filled with wonder and mystery. The skateboarding woman in a sari with a bucket of eels. The mushrooms bloom in the footsteps of the Strawberry Snatcher. These and many other details fill the lush pages with incredible beauty and depth.
Lindsay Rogers
The illustrations are amazing! A blue strawberry snatcher follows a grey lady and tries to take her strawberries. The woman sees that she is being followed and tries to evade the snatcher. The pictures communicate the story perfectly!
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher is a fun and imaginative wordless picture book that is fitting for older readers. I love that it gives older readers a chance to use their imagination, come up with dialogue and ideas on their own with guidance from the colorful and somewhat creepy illustrations. It's a great book that follows a grey lady who loves strawberries. She has to escape the strawberry snatcher who consistently follows close behind her until she escapes him and he discovers blac ...more
Juneau Public Library
This award-winning wordless picture book, originally published in 1980, has fascinated me since I was a young child and is still one of my favorites. Author/illustrator Molly Bang’s pictures, painted on plain gray paper, tell the story of a gray-haired, gray-clothed woman bringing a carton of newly purchased strawberries home to her family, and the mysterious blue-skinned fellow who would really, really like to be able to get his hands on those strawberries. The story is just a little bit scary, ...more
The illustrations of ruby red strawberries in the farmers' market look so tantalizing, you want to reach into the page and grab one for yourself. So, I have some sympathy for the villain in this wordless story. In fact, I have been the bad guy myself, eating many if not all of the raspberries and strawberries in our refrigerator when I lived with my sister. Who can resist fresh, succulent fruit?

The Strawberry Snatcher in this story wears a peaked purple hat,green cape and is himself the color o
I love wordless books, and I've been wanting to read this one for a while. But the first thought that came to mind as I started to read was, "How strange!" But as I continued to read, I was pulled into the story. The grey lady buys some strawberries that the strawberry snatcher tries to steal while she is walking home. The chase scene that goes on for a large portion of the book is quite exciting - and that isn't easy to pull off in a wordless book! I also really loved the contrasts of the vibra ...more
The picture book for older readers The grey lady and the strawberry snatcher is an excellent book. The book is actually a Caldecott honor book recipient. The book was illustrated by Molly Bang. I would recommend this story for all students.
Although the story has no words, it makes it easier for all readers to comprehend it. I believe that students in the different ages will get a different message from the book. Early readers can enjoy that they can read the book by themselves. The book also
First published in 1980, this wordless picture book received a Caldecott Honor for its colorful, rich, surrealist illustrations. The protagonist is an old lady who buys a pint of strawberries from the vendor, but the sinister Strawberry Snatcher is lurking around the corner, waiting to steal them. The Strawberry Snatcher is a robed, blue-skinned figure with a purple witch’s hat and long, bony fingers inexorably reaching out to grab the Grey Lady’s strawberries. Striking illustrations create a wo ...more
There are no words.

This story is told entirely in pictures, and requires no narration. One of the following young reviewers likes it because you can add your own words and make it different each time, but I disagree. This book needs no words. The pictures tell the entire story and evoke more depth and emotion than words ever could.

On to my young reviewers. Upon finishing this library book, I found taped inside the back cover two hand-written reviews. They were clearly written by children, and ea
My all time favorite children's book. It is a picture book with no words, so suitable for a range of ages. My 2 year old loves it, and this is a copy that was given to me when I was 11 years old, (I can tell from the inscription in which my godmother instructs me to keep the tradition alive). The story is never exactly the same from one retelling to the next, and there are always new details to pick up on, so it remains fresh and fun after years of reading. Everyone becomes a beloved character, ...more
In this tale, the Grey Lady is chased by the Strawberry Snatcher. The Grey Lady runs great lengths to protect her strawberries. Finally, she escapes the Strawberry Snatcher and the Strawberry Snatcher finds something new to love; blackberries!
The illustrations are a combination of collage and paintings. The illustrations are not realistic in the slightest. The people, especially the Strawberry Snatcher are slightly distorted and discolored. The Strawberry Snatcher has blue skin and wears a brig
Nicole Perez
I love wordless books because they give us so much to work with; to think about, create, narrate and enjoy. The illustrations in Molly Bang's book are classic and detailed, very beautiful very creepily strange. The great thing about this story is that it can be shared with kiddies who would have fun searching for the grey lady among everything that is gray around her. Very suspenseful as the woman is being followed by a dark menacing strawberry snatcher. The illustrations are of so many differen ...more
Linda Lipko
A book illustrated with no text. Indeed, the illustrations outline and lead the story of an older lady who purchases strawberries for her family. Immediately, she is followed/stalked by a weird blue golum like figure who appears menacing in his intent.

Throughout the book there are close calls when he almost succeeds, yet each time, she outsmarts him.

In the end, she keeps the berries and takes them home to her family. The blue nasty creature finds a bush of berries and munches to heart's content.
Lana Clifton
This book simply lives up to the author's last name; and will forever have a reserved home on my bookshelf. Fantasy-filled illustrations take you on an exciting journey that follows a pint of strawberries from market to home-- clutched, protected and treasured by none other than the Grey Lady. Follow her journey, through the city and forest, while sparking a child's imagination to wonder where the next page will lead. This story will never be told in the same way twice, and is left open to many ...more
Danielle Krohn
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Jessi G
Molly Bang's "The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher was a very unique picture book. There are no words at all; personally, I found the book unappealing and odd. I was surprised at this, because I am a very visual person and enjoy picture books. However, I found it difficult to wrap my head around watching a grey lady disappear through the forests, chased by a multi-colored strawberry snatcher. After reading the book, I stepped back and asked myself, "What just happened in this story?" I was ...more
I've shown this book to a lot of children over the years and every one of them are engaged. The illustrations draw you in!
Andrew Schoenfelder
The artistic design of this book is one of a kind and needs to be so since there is no text. The images look like they could be made from watercolors or with very unique shapes and designs. The illustrator did a remarkable job using the entire page and leaving no empty space. When I first grabbed the book, I noticed the clear plastic book jacket, used to protect the book from spills by children. The end papers were blank pieces of white paper which is found in older books to hold the cover to th ...more
Molly Bang finds a way to illustrate amazing pictures and compile them into a completely wordless, yet very intriguing children’s book. The story’s the illustrations represent are very easy to follow. Bright colors and detailed scenes makes this wordless picture book a page turner. The story communicated gives the reader so much to work with.
The lessons that are possible for Pre K-3rd graders with this book are endless. Whether you want inspire or challenge a child’s ability to use their imagin
Aubrey Thorne
Genre: Wordless Picture Book

Publication Date: 1996

Annotation: The strawberry snatcher tries to wrest the strawberries from the grey lady but as he follows her through shops and woods he discovers some delicious blackberries instead.

Themes:fantasy, suspense, humor, theft, chasing

Ways to Use Book:Analysis of illustrations; the artist's use of figure/ground manipulation is central to the plot and can be used as an introduction to other art activities using negative and positive space; engaging relu
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher, by Molly Bang, is a wordless picture book and a Caldecott Award Winner. I thought the story was interesting, especially because wordless picture books allow readers to use their imagination. This story created suspense and humor all in one. With that in mind, wordless picture books are not my favorite style; I really enjoy the synergy that the text and illustrations form together, which does not occur in wordless picture books. However, one aspect of th ...more
Shannon Janik
The Caldecott winning book “The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher” written by Molly Bang, wordlessly tells the story of an old lady that just wants to get home with all of her strawberries without getting them stolen by the infamous strawberry snatcher. The illustrations in this book are very unique and do a great job of camouflaging the grey lady within its pages. However, I do think the pictures are a bit frightening. If I were younger and reading this book, I think the strawberry snatch w ...more
Kind of creepy. Interesting art but creepy nonetheless. I would not give this book to a child.
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