Today, we have a wonderful visit from Helen and Thomas Docherty, the authors of the charming children's book The Snatchabook.
We're going to post our review first, and then share our awesome guest post from them!
-J & T
Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Format read: E-ARC via NetGalley
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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 the woods of Burrow Down, and all the animals are ready for their bedtime story. But books are mysteriously disappearing. Eliza Brown decides to stay awake and catch the book thief. It turns out to be a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. All turns out well when the books are returned and the animals take turns reading bedtime stories to the Snatchabook.
When bedtime storybooks begin disappearing all over Burrow Down, a brave rabbit named Eliza Brown decides to stay awake and figure out who’s taking the books. Turns out, it’s a shy creature named Snatchabook, who only wants someone to read to him.
The Dochertys have created such a beautiful story with The Snatchabook. Not only does the book reinforce a love of bedtime – something parents with reluctant sleepers will likely appreciate – it also reinforces the lesson of sharing, and the value of speaking your mind in a positive way.
Eliza shows just how willing she is to share her books and her bedtime stories, and the Snatchabook learns that sometimes, all you need to do is ask, to accomplish something that you really want. These are both lessons that I think parents will appreciate passing on to their kids.
Also, last but definitely not least, the illustrations in the book by Thomas are amazing. They’re rich and warm, in a way that will definitely pull in younger readers, and make them marvel at how colorful the world can be.
Disclaimer: I received an E-ARC of The Snatchabook from Sourcebooks, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
About the Dochertys:
The Snatchabook (Alison Green Books, 2013) is Thomas's first picture book collaboration with his wife Helen. It has been a runaway success, snatching up coeditions all over the world.