Stop, Thief! by Heather TekavecStop, Thief! by Heather Tekavec

Stop, Thief!

byHeather TekavecIllustratorPierre Pratt

Picture Books | August 1, 2014

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?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.
Heather Tekavec first fell in love with children's literature while working as a preschool teacher. Stop, Thief! is her ninth published book. Heather lives in Cloverdale, British Columbia.Pierre Pratt is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator of over 50 books for children. He lives and works in Montreal, Quebec, and i...
Title:Stop, Thief!Format:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 8.88 × 0.38 inPublished:August 1, 2014Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771380128

ISBN - 13:9781771380126


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I see you..... I love this book because I fell instantly in love with the main character, an adorable little dog named Max. His master, the farmer, gave Max a very important mission. A lot of the farm's carrots, beans and cherries are missing because of an unidentified thief. The farmer asks Max if he can track down the burglar and eradicate him from the property forever. Max eagerly jumps at the chance to show his love and loyalty. Will it be a mission impossible? Not with Max, no sir, he is on it. He scoots off to the carrot patch and hears a buzzing sound. He locates a blue bug sitting on top of the feathery green leaves and actually chewing happily away. This is Max's "Ah-ha" moment. He barks,"Stop Thief!" and is so focused on this intruder that he totally misses a clue that rabbit has surfaced while chewing on a carrot too. Max keeps his eyes on the thief and tracks that blue bug right into the strawberry patch where he encounters a red-stained pig who is having a very fulfilling time. (literally). Next he zooms after the bug and off into the bean patch where he converses with a goat who actually has a bean protruding from his mouth during their conversation. Max, so intent on catching the insect misses that clue too. The three crows he stumbles upon next, in the cherry trees are more than happy to stand guard while Max makes a valiant effort to chase that blue bug off of the farmer's property forever. The farm animals are oblivious to the fact that perhaps they might have a part in the mystery of the disappearing food. They decide to bless Max and throw him a victory party, after all the real culprit is gone isn't he? But what is a party without great party food! Off they go to gather the last of the farmer's crops. They construct a huge pile of goodies to share with Max and celebrate together on his return. The animals begin to worry what might happen if the thief returns. The huge pile of food they see in front of them seems to grow fingers and beckons them forth to it. What if the thief eats all the party food? The anxiety monster prods and pokes them enough to succumb to temptation and they hide the food in a very safe place where the robber will never, ever find it. The fun part as a reader is that you get to solve the mystery and find out exactly where that is hidden. No pressure, you will figure it out no problem and smile as you do so. The illustrations are gouache on paper and the colour pallet is warm and inviting to look at. The story drops clues along the way as to why Max may be on a mission impossible and you the reader, can make the mission possible indeed. You have to love Max's heart, he truly wants to do a great job and please his master, the farmer, although his detective skills do need to bit of honing.
Date published: 2014-06-16

Editorial Reviews

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