The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher
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The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  374 ratings  ·  94 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...more
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.
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
Anina Ertel
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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
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
Linsay Piersawl
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...more
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
Chelsea Kimmey
This book does not have words so it gives the reader a chance to make their own stories up.
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher is a wonderful wordless picture book for older readers. The illustrates done my Molly Bang's are beautiful in a creepy way. The illustrations tell the story of a grey hair lady who buys strawberries and on her walk home the strawberry snatcher tries to steal the strawberries from her. The bright colors of the strawberries against the dark old lady earned a Caldecott Honor in 1980. I like wordless books because it allows students to use their imaginations...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Molly Bang's pictures are incredibly beautiful and unique. Instead of drawing the grey of the Grey Lady's hair and dress, Bang allows the grey of the paper to show through to create the shapes. Additionally, the bright blue of the Strawberry Snatcher adds an air of lightness to somewhat somber pictures. As far as wordless pictures go, this one seems to pack a lot of story within its pages that other illustrators seem unable to achieve through the colours, style, subjects, and even the compositio...more
Amy Adams
This book was super weird. I'm kind of surprised that it's a Caldecott Honor Book. I am still kind of unsure how I feel about it. There's this blue lady that chases this reddish lady, who kind of blends into her surroundings and who has strawberries. Also, there's an Asian lady on a skateboard and a Buddha baby with a fish. Still not quite sure how those two figured in. Maybe my imagination is not open enough today, but I probably would not add this one to my collection.
A strawberry snatcher chases the grey lady trying to get her strawberries until he finds blackberries.There is no text. The pictures in the book create suspense and convey the movement of the chase. There are details in the pictures that make it fun to read more than once.
Themes - stealing, chasing, fear, families
It would be fun to let students look through this book and create dialogue to go with it.
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