The Snatchabook Book Review

The Snatchabook, written and Illustrated by Helen and Thomas Docherty, is a perfect story book to begin the new school year.

The Snatchabook, written and Illustrated by Helen and Thomas Docherty

If you would like to read a quaint, little fantasy and stay within the mystery genre, this book is definitely for you and your children or students.

Who’s stealing all the stories?

Who is snatching all the bedtime stories from the inhabitants of Burrow Down?

Eliza Brown, a clever, little rabbit, is desperate to solve this mystery when her bedtime book suddenly disappears during story time one night. However, she isn’t the only one. Suddenly, all the little critters of Burrow Down are missing their books as well.

Not wanting to go without a bedtime story, Eliza decides to set out to discover just who is behind this mystery. That is, until she runs face to face with a Snatchabook, a furry little fairy-like creature who is so desperate for a bedtime story that he decides to snatch everyone’s books for his very own.

Wonder how ideas for such awesome books like this come about? Watch Helen and Thomas Docherty discuss the idea for this adorable read.

A must read aloud. The rhythm and rhyme of this treasure will lure even the most reluctant reader deep into its snatches. If this adorable storyline wasn’t enough, the drawings are supreme. The illustrations utilize the colors Dr. Seuss was so famous for, but with a modern twist of enchantment.

If you have ever wondered what Dr. Seuss’ stories would be like in the modern world of children’s literature, then this is a must read. The author and illustrator team of Helen and Thomas Docherty takes Dr. Seuss’ work to a whole new level, delivering his dream of what great children’s literature should be.

Now, for some awesome fun, DOWNLOAD Thomas Docherty’s guide on how to draw your own Snatchabook. Click below.

The Snatchabook is a must-read for every parent, homeschool mom and dad, elementary teacher, and children’s librarian.

Want more? Please visit Helen Docherty’s Website.

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery

Best Attribute: Rhythm and Rhyme

Accelerated Reader Level 3.3

Be sure to stop by your local library or bookstore and grab your copy today.

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Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon Book Review

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon is a splendid book to read to your children or students in order to encourage ingenuity and resourcefulness!

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon written by Patti Lovell and Illustrated by David Catrow

In our modern world of technological gadgets galore, it is so difficult to convince our young ones to use their imagination in order to create their own joy. However, this incredible book, Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon, does just that.

Molly Lou Melon is a darling little girl who decides to not only listen to the advice her grandmother dispenses but to put it into action. For example, when her grandmother tells her, “Back in the olden days, I didn’t have a store-bought dollhouse. I made one in my backyard,” Molly does just that. However, Molly goes a couple of steps further and turns an entire tree into a dollhouse, doing something her grandmother never dreamed of.

Her grandmother’s advice further sparks Molly Lou Melon’s fancy as she takes creative play to a whole new level, from the creation of a gigantic and colorful cardboard box racecar to a “Sky Wide” TV that can only be viewed through the clouds.

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon Book Trailer

If Patti Lovell’s writing wasn’t fantastic enough, David Catrow’s pencil and watercolor illustrations bring the story to life even further through its detailed packed whimsical drawings. Children will have a fantastic time discovering all of the different details Catrow adds to this wonderful work of literature.

For more information about Patti Lovell and Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, click below.

For more information about David Catrow, click below as well.

After a couple of reads and illustration explorations, my students discovered that Gertie, Molly Lou’s new, reluctant friend, has leg braces, which further deepens the plot of the story. Furthermore, the artistic creation of Molly Lou herself would make any child want to jump in and make Molly Lou his or her new BFF, as well.

Not only is this a definite must-read, but this book makes an awesome resource for STEAM projects for any elementary teacher who would like to add literature to creative discovery.

Best Attribute: STEAM and Literature connection

Accelerated Reader Level 3.4

Be sure to stop by your local library or bookstore and grab your copy today.

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Best Books For Second Grade Boys

Have you ever wanted to know what your students or your children were thinking?

I especially wonder what my one-year daughter is thinking, since she can’t communicate to me yet. I want to ask her, “Why is chewing on the bottom of a Swiffer mop appealing to you?” I seriously caught her doing that today as I was cleaning. I imagine she would say, “Mama, I’m teething. Leave me alone.” She is the Sunny Baudelaire of our house these days. (If you know, you know.) 

With my eight-year-old son, I simply ask him what he’s thinking when I am wondering about it. Being a kid, honest answers always pour out.

I took him on a mommy-and-son date to the movies recently, and we got on the topic of our “favorites.” Favorite color, favorite movie, and even favorite books…which got me to thinking.

I loved hearing what his favorite books were. It was so interesting. He chose some that surprised me, and he chose some that didn’t surprise me. 

Anyway…this all got me to thinking: Have you ever asked your students their favorite books? I do from time to time. Many answer with a genre. Only a couple really know their favorite book by title. It is so informative and imperative to know our students’ favorite books or even their favorite genres. 

It can help us better choose books for units, read-alouds, and for our classroom libraries.

Since summer is all about reading, I thought it would be helpful for any 2nd-4th grade teacher to hear what my son’s top five books are. His favorites could very well be your students’ too. It could also give you some ideas on what to put in your classroom library.

Number 1: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey 

Dog Man is a graphic novel about a part-man, part-dog who battles crime and suppresses his dog-like desires. With interesting illustrations and on-purpose grammatical errors, it appeals to elementary kids. Dog Man goes on adventures to fight crime and gets himself into a lot of mishaps. Dog Man fights animal villains and makes readers laugh in the process.

Dog Man has ten books in the series. 

Liam says, “I like Dog Man because it’s funny. It’s about people saving the world. I like that the dog is half-human.“

Number 2: Blackbear the Pirate by Steve Buckley 

Blackbear the Pirate is a picture book. The title is a pun on Blackbeard, but the main character is actually a black bear. The pirate crew is made up of a variety of animals who are out on an adventure to find Bearfoot, the Pirate, on the island of Bearataria.

The repetitive lines make it fun for kids to read along in a sing-song way. At the end, the reader learns that it’s not the destination that matters the most, but the journey.

Liam says, “I like it because the parrot is funny, and I like how they talked in the book. I really liked all the animal characters.”

This book would be perfect for “International Talk Like a Pirate Day,” which is September 19. We have a cute resource for this day or for any pirate-themed lesson.

Number 3: Pig the Star by Aaron Blabey 

Pig the Star is a picture book all about well…a pug dog named Pig. Pig is very competitive and likes to be in the spotlight. In the end, however, he learns it’s best to give others the chance to shine. Pig definitely has a big personality and when he isn’t the star, it makes for some funny antics and outrageous remarks. When reading this book aloud, it is best read dramatically.

Pig the Star is part of a series that originated with Pig the Pug. It is a six book series. 

My son says: “It’s hysterical. All the Pig books are great! I like it because the pig is always competitive.”

In addition to these fictional books, my son loves a good non-fiction book. In fact, a couple of blogs ago, I explored how most children, according to recent data, love non-fiction more than fiction. 

So, he paid a nod to two of his most favorite non-fiction books:

Number 4: Smart Kids: Space written by Sarah Powell

Filled with accurate and colorful photographs of the planets, easy-to-understand facts about the solar system, and fun and interesting information, any child would enjoy this book. In fact, my son found this book in my elementary teaching bin. I used it quite frequently when I taught third grade. It was a favorite among the students. Its layout and design is appealing to both kids and adults. 

Liam said, “I like the space book because learning about the planets is neat. It has lots of interesting facts. It even talks about the Milky Way. I used it for my school project.”

Number 5: Who Would Win? By Jerry Palotta

These non-fiction books match up animals into pairs and explains all the fascinating facts about each of them. Then, it essentially determines who would win in a battle between the two, while comparing and contrasting them. It is seriously scientific, with readers learning about brain structures, skeletal systems, and abilities, among other amazing findings. 

Who Would Win is a large book series. Liam’s favorite is Book 13: T-Rex vs. Velociraptor.

“I like all the animals they put against each other. They give you facts, what they eat, their skeletons, what they bite through…what they hear and smell. It’s neat.”

If your students are interested in animal facts, we have a resource that includes non-fiction passages about different animals and various questions accompanying them. It also includes scientific notes graphic organizers. 


Ask your students what their favorite books are or their favorite genres. Chances are you’ll get a wide array, such as what my son showed me. From non-fiction science books to hilarious fictional stories, a perfect classroom library is comprised of diverse books to appeal to a variety of students.