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Children's Fiction Farm Animals

Stop, Thief!

by (author) Heather Tekavec

illustrated by Pierre Pratt

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2014
Farm Animals, Dogs, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7


“Max,” said the farmer to his dog one day, “can you catch a thief?” Of course! He can catch anything! And Max eagerly sets off on a quest to find the culprit who has been stealing the farmer's fruits and vegetables. Within moments, the dog is confident he has spotted the thief --- a tiny blue bug, working on a carrot top. “Stop, thief!” Max cries as the bug flies away. Undaunted, Max chases after the bug, from the carrots to the berries to the beans and the cherries, until, eventually, Max watches in satisfaction as the bug flies away over the farm fence. What Max totally misunderstands in his enthusiasm, however --- and what youngsters will figure out right away --- is that the tiny blue bug isn't the thief at all. The real thieves are hiding in plain sight, right under his nose!

Author Heather Tekavec has created a perfect storytime choice in this fun and funny picture book, as the kid appeal of being “in the know” while the lovable dog remains clueless will surely invite repeated readings. This story provides an excellent opportunity for discussions about jumping to conclusions and blaming others, or even about life on a farm. It also offers terrific lessons for building early literacy skills, such as moving beyond what is strictly presented in the text and critically thinking about what can be observed in the exuberant and friendly artwork by illustrator Pierre Pratt.

About the authors


Heather Tekavec est tombée amoureuse de la littérature jeunesse alors qu'elle travaillait comme enseignante au préscolaire. Elle a publié neuf livres pour enfants. Heather vit à Cloverdale, en Colombie-Britannique.


Heather Tekavec first fell in love with children's literature while working as a preschool teacher. She has published nine books for children. Heather lives in Cloverdale, British Columbia.

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  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, West Coast Book Prize Society
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award , IBBY-Canada

Editorial Reviews

The full-color gouache art has a breezy immediacy that gives a sense of palpable movement as the dog dashes and the animals munch ... Readers will spot the culprits long before Max does in this fast-paced escapade.—School Library Journal

The playful text also offers plenty of hints to readers, who will smile at the canine's well-intentioned efforts. A lighthearted romp.—Kirkus Reviews

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