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The Alphabet Thief

by Bill Richardson, illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff

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alphabet, words, poetry (see also stories in verse)
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published: March 2017
ISBN:9781554988778
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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.

About the Authors
Bill Richardson is known across the country as the host of Richardson's Round-up, heard daily on CBC Radio One. A writer, broadcaster and raconteur, Richardson originally wrote about the goings-on of Hector, Virgil, and company for broadcast on CBC Radio's Gabereau. He has published eight books, including two sequels to Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast: Bachelor Brothers' Bedside Companion and Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book. Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast, was the winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. A frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, Richardson makes frequent public appearances reading poetry, narrating musical works, giving keynote speeches, and signing books. He lives in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.
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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.

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Contributor Notes

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.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Reading age:
5 to 9
Awards
  • Commended, NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
  • Commended, New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
Editorial Reviews

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

— School Library Journal

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.

— Literacy Daily

The wordplay is fun … Roxanna Bikadoroff's lively spot illustrations deftly keep pace as the altered words pile up.

— New York Times

This sneaky romp will do well one-on-one.

— Kirkus Reviews

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

A small and hilarious picture book … Pictures and verses seem to tumble over one another …

— The Wall Street Journal

The text will inspire a passion for humorous wordplay.

— Booklist

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