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The Snatchabook

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,534 ratings  ·  406 reviews
A brilliantly written, laugh-out-loud rhyming text about books and the joy of reading in the vein of New York Times bestsellers It's a Book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and Dog Loves Books.

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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (first published 2013)
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Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books

The Snatchabook is a pure joy to read! Especially out loud. The words and lines rolled off my tongue. Rhyming lines that moved and flowed creating a magical storyland filled with cute critters, mystery, and the love of reading.

Books are disappearing from all over Burrow Down. Our hero, Eliza Brown, is determined to solve the crime and capture the book thief red handed!

”Eliza saw a shadow loom,
enormous – right across her room.
What kind of monster could it be?
Eliza thought: You don’t scare me!
Arpita (world of a book enthusiast)
This is a wonderful book for kids.
It is about a town where everyone reads a bedtime story and all of a sudden all the bedtime storybooks are being snatched. No one has a clue who is doing it. Little Eliza Brown tries to solve this mystery. She finally finds out that Snatchabook a creature was actually snatching the books. She realizes that he is alone and has nobody to read him bedtime stories and that is probably the reason behind his such behavior. She helps him and he returns all the books h
The story of how all the books in Burrow Down start disappearing is told in rhyming text. Eliza Brown, a rabbit, solves the mystery, and finds a way to make the Snatchabook and all the book owners happy. I have to say that this might be my worst possible nightmare--to have someone or something take my book away before I finished reading it. With colorful illustrations and an appealing heroine who also happens to love reading and sharing books with others, this picture book is sure to appeal to r ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
“He looked so sad. If he just had a mom or dad to read him stories every night—well, then he might behave alright!”
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I received this ARC from Sourcebooks at ALA Annual 2013

Oh my goodness! This book is one of my favorites, and I am already reading it often to Taylor. The story is quite simple, and very cute. Everyone's bedtime books are being stolen in the blink of an eye, and Eliza wants to stop it from going on. When she finds out why the books are being stolen by the Snatchabook, she befriends the creature. All books are returned and
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The books in Burrow Down start disappearing at bedtime. No worries, the rabbit is on the mystery. This was a fun, rhyming picture book.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Books are being snatched! Who's snatching the books? What are the residents to do?! All is told in this wonderfully unique tale of a misunderstood creature that only wants to enjoy the stories of the books they are snatching like everyone else. I have not come across any other story such as this and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and reading it during story times. This book keeps the kiddos guessing and teaches the reader (or listener) that it isn't okay to steal things but it is okay to m ...more
Poor little Snatchabook has no one to read him stories, so he sets out on a quest to amass his own collection - by thieving tomes from all the animals around. Fortunately, a kindly rabbit steps in to solve the mystery and finds a solution to everyone's problems.

Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful book. I have since purchased this book for my library. It is a book I love to read aloud to my students. It is a great book to emphasize the importance of books and sharing them. The illustrations are beautiful! One of my favorite read alouds!
Kristen Dutkiewicz
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
All the books are disappearing and there's only one creature to blame - the snatchabook! A funny and entertaining story to read aloud to the little ones!
Kalee Stegehuis
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
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The Snatchabook is good for a quick bedtime read, and then pass it along to another friend or family to enjoy. The story is entertaining, but lacks a true hook.

The cover is appealing as it looks like a feel-good adventure story. The artwork is colorful and textured, and while the cover image is of rabbit reading to the snatchabook, the book title displays a classic adventure-style font that slightly juxtaposes the warm,
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This adorable little rhyming fable is sure to become a classic and I would vote a hearty "yes" to have that happen. The setting is in a sleepy, lazy little nook, named Burrow Down. All different types of critters live there and they all love to read. When the lights dim at night all the mom's and dad's tuck their little ones in with a good night bedtime story. If you could peek into all their cozy homes you would find parents reading aloud and the kids wide-eyed with their ears tuned into every ...more
Kristi Betts
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children, Parents, and Librarians
Recommended to Kristi by: Walter L. Betts
The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty has instantly become one of my favorite books. Not only because it centers around a mystery and reading, but because it is also about parents reading to their children! I love a great mystery and when books start disappearing all around the forest. Eliza Brown (a little brown rabbit) decides she is going to solve the mystery by setting a trap for the storybook thief.

Eliza is successful in not only catching the thief, but also h
Brittney Lara
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
The Snatchabook is hands down one of the best rhyming stories I have read aside from Dr.Seuss. This is saying a lot for me, because I am obsessed with his work. This book however blew me away, the words seemed to jump right off the page. I read it alone three times before even sharing with my class. I was so excited to share it with them that they were about to jump out of their pants waiting for me to begin. The illustrations alone speak for themselves and even doing a picture walk with this bo ...more
Read in Dutch, but will write review in English, because everyone should read this book and the book's language is originally English. So everyone can read it. :)

This book was adorable. I loved our main character who is a bunny and who loves reading a lot. Well, she is not alone though, everyone in the town (if that is what you want to call it) loves reading. Then one day books get stolen, poof! I loved how it was done and how we saw the effects. Children crying (they wanted their bedtime storie
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What will you do when you can no longer find your favorite books at their usual locations in your home?

That’s the problem the animals in the woods of Burrow Down have to face. Books are mysteriously disappearing and no one knows why such absurd thing is happening! Eliza wants to do something about the situation and she refuses to go to bed until she gets this mystery resolved. Can she find out what’s really going on?

I absolutely adored the story! The words rhymed beautifully and it’s hard to res
Crystal Bandel
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty, published 2013.

Magic realism.

Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 1.

Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Brooke Rasche.

In Burrow Down, books are disappearing from children's rooms every night. Eliza decides to catch the Snatchabook in the act and creates a trap with a tall pile of books--once she discovers the Snatchabook, Eliza figures out how to return the books to the children and keep the lonely Snatchabook, who just loves bo
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Snatchabook is such an adorable tale that showcases how important books are. It takes place in a quaint, little burrow full of sweet animals reading to their children. Unfortunately, their storybooks begin to go missing- and so the story ensues. Snatchabook not only encourages children to read, but parents and guardians to read with their children. It is a wonderful tale to read with the entire family.
The rhyming works in this, and the illustrations are adorable. The ending is cute, too. Definitely will read in storytime. A good read-alone and very good lap-read (especially at bedtime).

1/7/15 Used in Books & Libraries theme. Such an adorable book. Definitely held interest.

6/13/18 Used in R theme. Meant for reading, but one of my former regulars returning for the summer break picked up Rabbit, too. Clever guy!
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Teaches the very important lesson that it's rude to steal other peoples' books. Especially when they are reading them.

I don't think my siblings and I ever learned this lesson. That's why we always read multiple books at the same time, so if one of us wandered off with one of the books, we always had something else to fall back on.

Cute illustrations and fun rhyming text. Seeing all the different animals in their dens and burrows having bedtime stories was very cute.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What would happen at bedtime if all the storybooks were stolen? One feisty bunny decides to get to the bottom of this woodland mystery. Helen Docherty and her husband Thomas Docherty team to create an absolutely charming tale about books, reading and bedtime rituals.

My full review:
Rachel Watkins
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, picture-book
I loved this sweet book with its rhyming and lovely detailed illustrations. This is another in the new crop of perfect nighttime going-to-bed books to read with children ages three to seven. I can not recommend this enough. Parents, grandparents, and children will love this!
Shaeley Santiago
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
What if someone took all the books and you were worried you wouldn't have any to read anymore? When that happens to Eliza, she can't let her books disappear. So she sets a trap to find out who's taking everyone's books.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Amy (Other Amy)
Beautiful illustrations and the rhyme scheme is very good (one or two hitches; note that I was reading quickly). Not sure why no insta-love from me, exactly. (I would buy it if kids' books weren't so dad-blammed expensive these days.)
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best children's books I've ever read. I love this book!
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining bedtime story. The rhyming narrative is fun to read aloud and the illustrations are colorful and cartoonish. We enjoyed reading this book together.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Reading this in the library next week. It is on our state award list. I cannot think of a more appropriate book to start off 2015. Great message about the importance of reading!
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a great storybook to read aloud to a child. Beautiful art (amazing illustrations), great storylines and charming writing make for a winner.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Such a sweet children's book about the love for stories.
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Helen lives in Swansea, Wales, and is an internationally published picture book author. Her work, which includes the award-winning picture books The Snatchabook and The Storybook Knight ( The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight), has been translated into 25 languages. Her stories have been staged as plays and as an children’s opera, by a school in Canada. Helen worked for many years as a language teacher ...more

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