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Groundwood Books

The Alphabet Thief

Written by Bill Richardson • Illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff

For kids 5 - 9 years old | Published March 01, 2017 | ISBN 9781554988778
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Alphabet

Cover of The Alphabet Thief

Regular price $17.95 CAD

40 pages | 7.375 in × 5.5 in
Print Format

About this book

The Alphabet Thief

Bill Richardson • Roxanna Bikadoroff

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:

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

About the Creators

Bill Richardson

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; the children’s novel After Hamelin, winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award; and The Alphabet Thief and The Bunny Band, both illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff. Bill lives in Vancouver.

Roxanna Bikadoroff

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.

Awards and Praise

"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

  • Commended New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, 2017
  • Commended NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 2018
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