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, 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’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.
This sneaky romp will do well one-on-one.
A smart pick for language lovers of any age.
Sure to delight wordsmiths of all ages. A fun read-aloud that lends itself to curricular application.
A fun romp that lends itself to both quiety amused solo reading and boisterous read-aloud sessions.
A small and hilarious picture book … Pictures and verses seem to tumble over one another …
The text will inspire a passion for humorous wordplay.
The clever story in rhyme and playful ink-and-watercolor illustrations depicting word transformations make this small book one to add to my collection of alphabet books.
The wordplay is fun … Roxanna Bikadoroff's lively spot illustrations deftly keep pace as the altered words pile up.