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The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  657 Ratings  ·  144 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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Although I can to a point appreciate Molly Bang's illustrative acumen and craft, I do not at all like this book. The illustrations are expressive and bold, but especially the strawberry snatcher is presented and depicted as much too creepy for my tastes, and even potentially offensive in appearance (as a child, he or rather it, would almost certainly have given me nightmares, especially the long and pointed grasping fingers, with their weirdly reddish tips). I guess if The Grey Lady and the Stra ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Miriam
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
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally got a chance to read this, a year after Children's Books group, and oh I am so glad I persisted. I found it exciting, but not creepy, because one look at that lady and you know she's smarter and tougher than any imp. I love the details in the pictures, the ones that are so easy to overlook if one reads in hurry. Consider all the neighbors watching the chase, and the heron in the woods, and forms of faces in the trees.... And I am so very glad there is (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
**** Caldecott Honor (1981) ****

Wordless story of a woman dressed in grey who avoids a Blue Meanie trying to snatch her strawberries. Apparently, the Blue Meanie has a bad case of foot fungus, because wherever he/she steps, mushrooms appear in his/her footprints. o_0
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
"Weird and creepy" are the words that come to mind when describing this book. So do "not a very strong story". Yes, it is a wordless picture book, but that does not mean the story should be lacking.
Caldecott Honor Award Winning story book. But too creepy. And too odd. Definitely interesting and creative but not in a good way. And I plain didn't like the art.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Caldecott Honor book, but I just can't figure out why. It didn't appeal to me at all.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the 1981 Caldecott Honor Medal Winner’ s was Bangs wordless book. This story illustrated about a lady dressed in grey who live strawberries; but so did the strawberry snatcher. He followed the lady through town, past flower shops and bakeries, meanwhile, trying to be inconspicuous. But the old lady goes fast and starts heading towards areas with more grey color in them. The snatcher follows the old lady through a swamp Wenger things start being tricky, for the background keeps adding more ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
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
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
A wordless picture book of a woman dressed all in grey who has some delicious strawberries. But a creepy creature is following her, trying to snatch the strawberries. The strawberry snatcher is creepy and the color scheme and lines made this book feel spooky. There's nothing wrong, necessarily with spooky...perhaps I might have enjoyed this right around Halloween...but it wasn't enjoyable for me to "read." I actually shivered at one point as the lady and snatcher are both in the forest. Not the ...more
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.
May 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
Michaela Baillie
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story is about a little old lady in a grey cloak and grey hair who buys a basket of strawberries. A snatcher sees this and decides to try to take them. The story portrays how she escapes the snatcher and why she bought the strawberries in the first place. I would probably use this story in 3rd or 4th just because the coloring of the book is very dark and might be scary to younger kids. It has no words, but that makes it interesting for kids and really cool as a creative writing assignment. ...more
Maria Rowe
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
• 1981 Caldecott Honor Book •

I was really excited to read this because the title sounded interesting, but I didn't like this at all. The story and pictures are creepy, and there's really not much to the plot. I really don't get the point of the book at all and am unclear how this won a Caldecott.

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Mayra P.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to say I was surprised that no words were included in this book, only pictures. As I flipped through the pictures, I had to have a good imagination and create my own story as I looked at the pictures. The pictures are full of surprise and wonder, including suspense.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
Well, read is a strong book as this is a wordless book! First the illustrations are cool and interesting. I totally see why it was a Caldecott honor! To to fully 'get' it! Not sure, but cool enough! Maybe the moral is "You can't always get what you want, but you get what you need!"
Sarah Tailor
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Though it was a little strange to read a book with no words, the art does a wonderful job of telling the story. My kids really loved making their own narrations to the book and ask for it again and again.
We cannot get enough of this book lately.
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
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Kevin Rosendale
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher is a well developed picture book. In this book the character the Grey Lady is having to avoid the strawberry snatcher. The title sums up the story quite well, the whole story is the lady trying to evade the snatcher and the illustrations are what make this book enjoyable. Throughout the book the character is going all these different places, but the strawberry snatcher is always right behind her, in this book we see the character blending in with her sur ...more
Trinika Abraham
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang is an eerily fascinating children’s picture book. Originally published in 1980, this book is reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood with a folksy twist.

This wordless book tells the story of a tranquil old woman out to the market for fresh berries who unknowingly is being stalked by the Strawberry Snatcher. When this berry eating thief’s plan is foiled by a skateboard riding, eel toting woman, he chases the old woman around town for her berri
Catey Steele
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: older-reader
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
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
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rosemary Sullivan
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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