The Snatchabook

Snatchabook_With Text-2One dark, dark night in Burrow Down,

A rabbit called Eliza Brown

Found a book and settled down…

When a Snatchabook flew into town.


Very soon, all the bedtime storybooks start disappearing.

Who is stealing them – and why? Eliza Brown is determined to solve the mystery…

You can download your very own Eliza Brown rabbit ears here !

The Snatchabook  was written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty. It was published in the UK by Alison Green Books, and in the US by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, in October 2013.

It has been translated into Catalan, Cantonese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Thai.

The Snatchabook  won the Oldham Brilliant Books Award 2014 (Key Stage 1), voted for by children, and was made into a play by the Oldham Coliseum Theatre Young Rep Company.

It was also shortlisted for two other major children’s book awards in the UK: Oscar’s First Book Prize and the Booktrust Best Book Awards 2014.

The Snatchabook  was voted Number One in the Kids’ Indie Next List Autumn ’13 in the United States.

It has been read on CBeebies Bedtime Stories by British actor Anne-Marie Duff.

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“I dare you to try to read The Snatchabook silently to yourself. You can’t do it. The book is so wonderful it demands to be read out loud. And besides, if you didn’t read the book out loud, how would the Snatchabook  hear it?”

- Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick


“This delightful picture book from husband-and-wife team Helen and Thomas Docherty is a real treat. The rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud, and children will love the beautifully soft, warm illustrations of the woodland creatures settling down in their burrows for a bedtime story. The charismatic little Snatchabook himself, who just wants someone to read to him, is certain to catpure young readers’ hearts. Celebrating all the joy of reading together, this is a wonderful book to share.”

- Booktrust UK


“…the husband-and-wife team of the Dochertys have a winner in this heartwarming tribute to the essential role of bedtime reading in the lives of families. Thomas Docherty’s watercolor cartoons are quite splendid, especially for the impressive use of lapis blue to set the nocturnal scenes.”

- Publishers Weekly


“The perfect bedtime story.”

- Rupert Thomas, Marketing Director of Waitrose


“With rhyming text reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’s work, this book refuses to be read silently… The gorgeous illustrations are a perfect match for the lively text. This book is a fabulous fit for both story time 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, WI – reviewed in  School Library Journal, Oct 2013


“A classic is born! The Snatchabook is an engaging and winsome story celebrating the precious tradition of bedtime stories… Highly recommended!”

- Nancy Simpson Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA


“Children will love acting this book out – sometimes as the sneaky Snatchabook, other times as the wise Eliza Brown. While fun to read, The Snatchabook also teaches an important lesson about the power of reading to stir young minds.”


“This whodunit with an uplifting ending will appeal to fans of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  Helen Docherty’s rhyme scheme and meter, too, echo Seuss’s: “In every house,/ in every bed,/ a bedtime book/ was being read.” Children will revel in the message that bedtime reading is a ritual to be revered, and will forgive the Snatchabook for his wish to share in it.”

- Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness


“A rollicking paean to the pleasures of reading aloud.”

- The Wall Street Journal


“What’s not to love about The Snatchabook ? Clever, easy rhyming text, adorable detailed illustrations of book-loving animal families, and a who-done-it where the villain is a book thief. (And we can’t help but love a book thief, can we?) …A very satisfying bedtime story little ones will want to hear again and again. (I nominate The Snatchabook  as the star/poster child of a new Read to Your Child campaign, badly needed in light of dropping reading levels and the difficulty of gaining ground lost before children even enter school.)”

- Leslie, Inkwood Books, Tampa, Florida


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