Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

The Snatchabook

Docherty, Helen (Author)
Docherty, Thomas (Illustrator)
Sourcebooks 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781402290824 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, figurative language, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This woodland whodunit is set in Burrow Down where, in the dark of night, rabbits, owls, squirrels and all the creatures settle down to read. Something strange begins to happen. A rabbit named Eliza Brown is the first to have her storybook snatched from her hands and whisked out the window. Soon the other animals are robbed. Night after night this goes on. Shelves begin to look bare; rumours abound.

So Eliza takes action. She sets out bait and confronts the thief, a mournful little “Snatchabook,” who has no one to read to him. Eliza listens to him with compassion and together they hatch a plan. In the end, the books are returned, and all is made right for everyone, including the Snatchabook.

The clever, rhyming text begs to be read aloud. “A tear rolled from the creature’s eye, and softly he began to cry. I know it’s wrong, but can’t you see – I’ve got no one to read to me!”

Illustrations of the book-loving animal families are highly expressive. Pictures show warm, yellow-lit, cut-away images of burrows contrasting with the blue-black night and richly glowing green forest.

The intelligent Eliza and the sad Snatchabook will capture the reader’s heart and encourage appreciation of the wonder of reading and the pleasure of being read to.

  •  Examine the cover illustration and discuss the title. Make predictions about the story based on these elements.
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    As you read, list the familiar stories referred to in the book. Survey your classmates to find out which one they prefer.

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    What does it mean to “make amends”? Discuss how the Snatchabook makes amends for stealing the books. How can you make amends when you make a mistake?

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    Create a class mural of Burrow Down, in the same style as the book. Feature yourself as an animal in your den reading your favourite bedtime story.

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    Discuss books that you read at night. How are they similar or different from those you read during the day? Complete a class graphic organizer with your answers.

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    Discuss where and when this story is happening.

  •  Create a class mind map of the story.
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    Discuss how some people have things that others don’t have. What can you do if you don’t have access to something? How could you ask for it?

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    What rhyming words can you find? Think of other pairs of words.

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