Monday, February 10, 2014

Snatchabook, by Helen Docherty (illustrated by Thomas Docherty)

Author: Helen Docherty
Illustrator: Thomas Docherty
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Source: NetGalley
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One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down...

In every house, in every bed, a bedtime book was being read...

The wind blew wild across the sky. The smallest squirrel heard a cry. "What's that?" she whispered to her dad.

But then--and this was really bad--before they'd had a chance to look, she'd lost her favourite book.

This is one of my top twenty favourite new children's books I've read this year. It's about an irresistibly adorable creature called a Snatchabook who keeps stealing bedtime stories, but only because he doesn't have anyone to read to him. It's like if the tale of the Huffalump in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories was written by librarians. I love it!

The rhyme is positively enchanting. I think the grownups in my household read it even more than the kids did. And I love the character of Eliza Brown, the rabbit who stands up to the book thief and then saves the day for everyone (including the Snatchabook). It's a book you'll read to your grandkids someday. (Or if you have grandchildren now, for heaven's sake go out and get them this book.)


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