The Alphabet Thief by Bill Richardson and illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff

71sb6okavdl  The Alphabet Thief by Bill Richardson and illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff, Groundwood Books, 9781554988778, 2017

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? For a child who loves language and words, this is a fantastic book. When nightfall comes, a thief comes along and steals letters from words. Each page is written highlighting a letter that has been stolen, so finger becomes finer, and dingers became diners. The story and illustrations are equally clever and a child with a curiosity about words will love the humor and wit.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  I liked everything about this book.

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This is recommended for children ages  5-9 and would be a wonderful book for a teacher to use to interest children in language. This book will help children have fun with words and become creative alphabet thieves of their own.

Who should buy this book? All elementary school literacy programs should have access to this book. Elementary school libraries, public school libraries with a children’s room.

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Feb. 4, 2017

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