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Groundwood Spring 2017

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    Lexile measure: 650L
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
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    Distributor: UTP Distribution Supplies to: CA Availability: Available On Sale Date: Mar 01, 2017 Carton Quantity: 60 $17.95 CAD
  • Supply Detail (US)

    Distributor: Publishers Group West Supplies to: US Availability: Available On Sale Date: Mar 01, 2017 Carton Quantity: 60 $16.95 USD
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The Alphabet Thief
By (author): Bill Richardson Illustrated by: Roxanna Bikadoroff
Bill Richardson ,

Illustrated by :

Roxanna Bikadoroff


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 5 - 9, Grade (US) K - 4
Mar 01, 2017
$17.95 CAD


7.38in x 5.5 x 0.5 in | 0.49 lb

Page Count:

40 pages


Full color throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Alphabet
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017, Commended NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts 2018, Commended
  • Short Description
The alphabet thief stole all of the B's, and all of the bowls became owls. The thief returns each night, creating a topsy-turvy world as she goes.

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.

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; After Hamelin, winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award; and The Alphabet Thief, illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff, named among New York Library's Best Books for Kids. Bill lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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.

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

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

The text will inspire a passion for humorous wordplay. - Booklist

A small and hilarious picture book … Pictures and verses seem to tumble over one another … - The Wall Street Journal

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

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

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