The Alphabet Thief

The Alphabet Thief

Written by: Richardson, Bill
Illustrated by: Bikadoroff, Roxanna
ages 5 to 9 / grades K to 4

When night falls, along comes a peculiar thief who steals each letter of the alphabet, creating a topsy-turvy world as she goes.

The alphabet thief stole all of the B’s, and all of the bowls became owls…

It seems that no one can stop her, until the Z’s finally send her to sleep so that all the other letters can scamper back to where they belong.

Bill Richardson’s zany rhymes and Roxanna Bikadoroff’s hilarious illustrations will delight young readers with the silly fun they can have with language — and may even inspire budding young writers and artists to create their own word games.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4
Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

When night falls, along comes a peculiar thief who steals each letter of the alphabet, creating a topsy-turvy world as she goes.

The alphabet thief stole all of the B’s, and all of the bowls became owls…

It seems that no one can stop her, until the Z’s finally send her to sleep so that all the other letters can scamper back to where they belong.

Bill Richardson’s zany rhymes and Roxanna Bikadoroff’s hilarious illustrations will delight young readers with the silly fun they can have with language — and may even inspire budding young writers and artists to create their own word games.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4
Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Mar 1, 2017
Specifications 40 pages | 5.5 in x 7.375 in
Written By

BILL RICHARDSON, winner of Canada’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and former radio host, has written several highly acclaimed books for children. They include The Aunts Come Marching, illustrated by Cynthia Nugent, winner of the Time to Read Award; After Hamelin, winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award; and The Alphabet Thief, illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff, named among New York Library's Best Books for Kids. Bill lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Illustrated by

ROXANNA BIKADOROFF’s illustrations have been published internationally for more than twenty-five years. She has won numerous awards, many of them National Magazine Awards, including Best Illustration (Gold). She recently collaborated with Bill Richardson on a collection of poems for adults as well as on her first children’s book, The Alphabet Thief. Roxanna lives in Vancouver.

Audience ages 5 to 9 / grades K to 4
Reading Levels Lexile 650L
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4

Commended, New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, 2017

Commended, NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 2018

"A smart pick for language lovers of any age." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"A fun romp that lends itself to both quiety amused solo reading and boisterous read-aloud sessions." — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

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