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The Alphabet Thief

Written by Bill Richardson

Illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff

  • 40 Pages
  • 9781554988785
  • 7.375" x 5.5"
  • from grade K to grade 4
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Alphabet
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Words



Publication Date March 01, 2017

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

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


Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson is a Vancouver-based writer and broadcaster. He has hosted numerous shows on CBC Radio, including Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and In Concert. Most recently he has collaborated with composer and singer Veda Hille in the creation of Do You Want What I Have Got? — A Craigslist Cantata, which was staged at the Factory Theatre in Toronto. His books include Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and After Hamelin, a novel for children that was a winner of the Silver Birch Award.

Roxanna Bikadoroff

Roxanna Bikadoroff is an award-winning Canadian artist whose illustrations have been published internationally for more than twenty-five years. Her work has been published (and shown) in Canada, the United States, Japan, England, Ireland, Europe, Romania, Brazil, Israel, and China. Her illustrations have appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker and The Walrus magazine and on numerous book covers. She works in a variety of mediums, has won numerous awards, and has served twice as a judge for the National Magazine Awards. She was born in Montreal and currently lives in Vancouver.


Star Review

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

"This sneaky romp will do well one-on-one." Kirkus Reviews

"Sure to delight wordsmiths of all ages. A fun read-aloud that lends itself to curricular application." School Library Journal