The Snorgh and the Sailor (with Thomas Docherty)

The Snorgh and the Sailor

The Snorgh and the Sailor, illustrated by Thomas Docherty. Alison Green books.

The Snorgh and the Sailor is a children’s picture book, published in 2012 by Alison Green Books, and illustrated by Thomas Docherty. It follows the fortunes of the Snorgh – a grumpy, friendless marsh-dweller – as he meets with a sailor, and as a result finds himself precipitated upon an unexpected voyage.

The Snorgh has been widely used in schools throughout the UK and beyond, and was the 2014 choice at Seven Stories, the UK’s National Centre for Children’s Books, for their World Book Day celebrations. It been translated into Finnish, German, Chinese, Turkish and Afrikaans. I’m particularly fond of the Chinese title, which is 长鼻子冒险家和长耳朵冒险家, “Long Nose the Adventurer and Long Ears the Adventurer”.



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Outstanding — adventurous and quirky…Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo
Buckingham’s language is unapologetically intelligent, while Docherty’s rich, lively drawings breathe fresh, salt air into this engagingly odd couple.The Evening Standard
Packed full of emotion, this touching story tells how a lonely old creature is transformed when a stranger turns up at his door and starts to tell him a story…The sadness of the Snorgh, the chaos caused when the Sailor turns up, the beauty of the story and how it changes the lives of the two new acquaintances is a lyrical story which is full of action but also leaves much to think about.Julia Eccleshare on
The Snorgh and the Sailor by Will Buckingham celebrates storytelling in a different but delightful way, as a solitary and grumpy Snorgh is inspired by a sailor washed ashore in the storm. Although set in his ways, the Snorgh’s life is changed forever by the arrival of the enthusiastic, adventure-hungry sailor. This is a charming book that celebrates the power of the imagination and the thrill of adventure, and Docherty’s quirky penmanship creates a truly endearing Snorgh.Vanessa Lewis in The Bookseller
In The Snorgh and the Sailor, Will Buckingham offers children opportunities to reflect on the nature of friendship and the importance of relishing adventure and excitement in life. There is lots of fine detail in Thomas Docherty’s action-packed illustrations which bring the two extraordinary creatures to life.Marilyn Brocklehurst in The Bookseller
A poignant and witty story about an unlikely friendship; a surprising journey – and the discovery that we can all do the most amazing things, if we only dare to. Suitable for two to six year olds.The Primary Times
This is beetlefull and I lub it”Rosie & Miranda, aged 4
Wonderful characters, warm story with imagination and discussion potential. Would stand repeated reading, and illustrations worth poring over.Peters Educational Books
Docherty interprets Buckingham’s characters splendidly, creating a memorable addition to the characters that populate children’s books in the Snorgh, with his graceful arms and legs attached to a pear-shaped hairy body, lash-fringed eyes and grotesque facial appendage…. Matt paper and invitingly designed layout also make this lively narrative a welcome newcomer. Entertainment for readers of all ages.Books for Keeps
Simply written, with a subtleness that adds sophistication to a picture book, Buckingham, who is author of Tindal Street Press’s Cargo Fever, has shown that he has a tender touch. It’s a book to treasure.Birmingham Post
The Snorgh and the Sailor was just a little bit
Das Bilderbuch lebt von seinen sehr bunten Illustrationen. Doch auch die Geschichte ist sehr anregend, thematisiert sie doch, dass man allein zwar alles selbst bestimmen darf, in Gesellschaft aber viel glücklicher ist. Zudem wird das Leben als Abenteuerreise gesehen, was die Kinder sehr inspirierend fanden und dieses Thema immer wieder als Anregung für andere freie Spiele gesehen haben. Ich vergebe 4
„Rüssel und Hase“ ist ein sehr lebendiges Bilderbuch, dessen Zusammenspiel zwischen Text und Illustration Kinder immer wieder Neues entdecken lässt. Die vielen kleinen Details und die frischen Farben in Thomas Docherty´s Illustrationen erwecken zwei Charaktere zum Leben, die gegensätzlicher nicht sein könnten: Auf der einen Seite der eigenbrötlerische Rüssel und auf der anderen Seite der quirlige, abenteuerlustige Hase. Will Buckingham zeigt Kindern, wie sehr Freunde unser Leben verändern und wie wundervoll es sein kann, mit ihnen zu neuen Ufern


The Snorgh was shortlisted for a number of awards, including the following:

  • Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards.
  • Longlisted for the UK Literacy Association Book Award.
  • Shortlisted for the Festival of Literature Children’s Book Award.
  • Shortlisted for the Brilliant Books 2013 Award.