Helen Docherty, the author of The Snatchabook, has produced a series of ideas for using The Snatchabook in the Early Years classroom. It includes ideas for introducing the book and responding to reading through roleplay and crafts.
Listen to Helen Docherty read The Snatchabook, accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack by Gerry Smith.
Lettie Peppercorn hasn’t left her house-on-stilts for over ten years. She dare not. Her mother left a very specific warning on the day she left – stepping outside could kill her.
But when a mysterious, frozen man, who claims to be an alchemist, arrives at the door with a miraculous invention, Lettie’s life is changed forever and she has no choice but to risk the perils lurking in the world outside if she wants to see her mother again.
A pair of feisty and resourceful children have their work cut out trying to get the better of a cast of comical, but deadly, adversaries in this wildly imaginative fantasy adventure. The text is interspersed with expressive pen and ink illustrations.
If you love The Frog Prince and The Elves and the Shoemaker, you’ll love this tale of love, magic … and unicorns!
Annis and her grandmother live in a cold, draughty castle on top of a hill, which they share with their chickens and their cow. They may be poor, but Annis’s heart is full of kindness. Offering a home to an injured unicorn and a family of fairies one day, her kindness is magically rewarded. But will her good fortune bring her happiness and love?
Pia lives on the last zoo: a floating armada that houses the strangest collection of creatures the world’s ever seen, from genies to mirror-orangutans to hummingdragons. Collectively called ‘voilas’, they each have a special ability, and everyone hopes these will help save the world from environmental catastrophe.
Pia looks after the angels, their greatest hope. Then one morning they vanish. Panicked, she desperately searches the zoo for any sign of them – but finds something else altogether. An invisible creature is stalking the zoo, sinister forces are at work, and Pia and her friends must find a way to stop it before everything falls apart.
The Last Zoo is a first-class novel with exceptional world-building. An adventure-quest with lightly fantastical elements, it’s fast-paced, has lots of humour and a wonderful range of characters. A brilliant book for anyone looking for a new world to get lost in, it has an environmental message and hints of dystopia whilst also being incredibly hopeful.
The bloodthirsty Czar of Petrossia is boiling mad. Despite the protection of his poodle Bloodbath, and his fearsome War Council, two scruffy children have turned his son into a fluffy-wuffy kitten. But Pieter and Teresa are no ordinary children – Pieter is a master mathemagician and Teresa an imaginative alchemist.
Their second potion makes the kitten bigger than a dinosaur, in order to control the all-conquering Czar, who wants to turn his gentle son into a ferocious warrior. However, when Pieter is thrown into the dungeons to await execution and Teresa disappears in a puff of cobflour, all hope seems lost…
This gloriously imaginative tale from Carnegie Medal nominee Sam Gayton is the perfect book for readers curled up by the fire with a mug of khave, made from half a nib of sugarcane and a smidge of blazing pip, ready to be transported to a fantastical kingdom.