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[Saturday Reads] Catch the Book Thief in “The Snatchabook”

Fats here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.


The Snatchabook

Written by Helen Docherty
Illustrated by Thomas Docherty
Published by Sourcebooks (2013)
ISBN-10: 1402290829
ISBN-13: 978-1402290824
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

I came across this picturebook online and was able to find a copy in our catalog. The book was tucked quietly in our Children’s department. I got excited when I found out that it had become available the day after I placed a hold on it.


Somewhere in the forest, in a place called Burrow Down, animals loved to read, especially at night. Bedtime stories about dragons and witches, and pirates and princesses were among the favorites. Everyone was happy and content, until one night… the Snatchabook stirred trouble in town! The books started disappearing one by one, until there was none to read at bedtime! Will they ever catch the book thief?


As Brian Selznick pointed out, The Snatchabook demands to be read out loud. The short rhyming verses in the book make it a great read-aloud bedtime story. Helen Docherty, who spent most of her career as a language teacher, collaborates with her husband, Thomas, a children’s book illustrator. This book is a such a joy to read. It’s perfect for book lovers and anyone who has enjoyed being read to when they were younger.


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