Stop, Thief!
"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.

Stop, Thief! Details

TitleStop, Thief!
Author
ReleaseAug 1st, 2014
PublisherKids Can Press
ISBN-139781771380126
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Humor, Dogs, Funny, Storytime, Food and Drink, Food, Cultural, Canada, Fiction

Stop, Thief! Review

  • Jay
    January 1, 1970
    ARC courtesy of NetGalley hehehe! what a cute story. Poor Max thinks he's doing such a great job catching the thief for the farmer; little does he realise that the thief is none other than all his friends on the farm.
  • معصومه توکلی
    January 1, 1970
    عنوان ترجمه ی فارسی: دست نگه دار دزد!
  • Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    Quite funny!
  • Storywraps
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Tali
    January 1, 1970
    A free copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Max takes his job very seriously when the farmer asks him to catch the thief who's been stealing all the carrots, berries, beans and cherries, and he soon spies the culprit, a small blue bug who quickly flies away. Max gives chase, aided in his quest to catch the thief by some helpful animals about the farm: a rabbit, a pig, a goat and some crows. What Max might not have noticed, however, is that the real culprit A free copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Max takes his job very seriously when the farmer asks him to catch the thief who's been stealing all the carrots, berries, beans and cherries, and he soon spies the culprit, a small blue bug who quickly flies away. Max gives chase, aided in his quest to catch the thief by some helpful animals about the farm: a rabbit, a pig, a goat and some crows. What Max might not have noticed, however, is that the real culprits might be under his nose the whole time.This is a really lovely picture book with a fun story about how sometimes we become so fixed on an idea that we fail to notice what's really going on. Max was an adorable character, so eager and happy to be helping the farmer, and although he might not spot the real food thieves (although the reader does), all of the other animal characters are trying their best to be helpful, even if they go about it in the wrong way. The illustrations in this picture book are gorgeous too - the animals' personalities are captured brilliantly and the colours of the farmyard are very warm and charming. I really enjoyed reading this picture book and it's definitely one I'll be sharing with my nephew. 5 stars.
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  • Heidi-Marie
    January 1, 1970
    This was really cute. I think the preschool kids will love this because of the obvious thief, especially as the thieves are completely oblivious. And the ending is funny. Must try it in preschool storytime. Especially loved the illustrations and the background of the farmer's work.10/22/14 I think my new crowd was too young to get some of the humor in who the actual thieves were. I pointed it out at the end, and had some blank faces with nodding heads. Maybe it got through. Would have been bette This was really cute. I think the preschool kids will love this because of the obvious thief, especially as the thieves are completely oblivious. And the ending is funny. Must try it in preschool storytime. Especially loved the illustrations and the background of the farmer's work.10/22/14 I think my new crowd was too young to get some of the humor in who the actual thieves were. I pointed it out at the end, and had some blank faces with nodding heads. Maybe it got through. Would have been better in a lap-read, or with a slightly older crowd.6/28/17 Used as opener for T theme. It took a few pages with me trying to help the kids catch on to who the actual "thief" was. They picked up eventually. And I know they enjoyed it. But it seemed a bit chaotic. I believe that is because I still had some of the Toddler Storytime wanna be in preschool and it was less sit-down and paying attention. But overall it went well. It is a bit longer than I remembered.
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Stop, Thief! by Heather Tekavec was an adorable children’s book. What child doesn’t like to hear about a silly dog and the crazy things that he does. It’s Max’s job to help the farmer find out and stop the thief that’s eating the farm products. With the help of some of his friends, it’s off to solve the case. What follows is a delightfully silly escapade that will have your child laughing out loud. The writing style and illustrations were a perfect blend for a children’s book. My granddaughter l Stop, Thief! by Heather Tekavec was an adorable children’s book. What child doesn’t like to hear about a silly dog and the crazy things that he does. It’s Max’s job to help the farmer find out and stop the thief that’s eating the farm products. With the help of some of his friends, it’s off to solve the case. What follows is a delightfully silly escapade that will have your child laughing out loud. The writing style and illustrations were a perfect blend for a children’s book. My granddaughter loved the book and wanted me to read it numerous times. That to me is a sure sign that a book is worth reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to watch their child giggle and laugh while listening to a story. After checking I see that Heather Tekavec has written other children’s books and I will definitely be getting some for my granddaughter.
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  • Jess at Such a Novel Idea
    January 1, 1970
    Stop, Thief! is a lovely little story about a puppy who lives on a farm. Someone is stealing the carrots, berries, and other harvest items and the farmer asks Max to find the culprit. Of course, Max assumes a bug is the thief and sets off past all the other animals who are eating the crops. They are genuinely concerned, but no one seems to realize that the farm animals are the ones eating the crops!This is a cute little story with great art and my kids laughed and laughed that no one caught the Stop, Thief! is a lovely little story about a puppy who lives on a farm. Someone is stealing the carrots, berries, and other harvest items and the farmer asks Max to find the culprit. Of course, Max assumes a bug is the thief and sets off past all the other animals who are eating the crops. They are genuinely concerned, but no one seems to realize that the farm animals are the ones eating the crops!This is a cute little story with great art and my kids laughed and laughed that no one caught the real thieves. Also, the farm is a bit lazy in this one, so we didn't feel too terrible about it! Max did a great job providing the adorable factor and showing hard work, even if things went over his head a little.
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  • Veronica ⭐️
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully illustrated children's book with bright colourful pictures. I read the story to a few children aged 2 and 3 years. They didn't quite catch onto the concept that Max was after the wrong thief but they loved Max chasing the bright blue bug and it was exciting to turn the pages to see if Max had caught the bug. They also liked all the animals and picking out the farmer in the background and seeing what he was doing. This story will definitely grow with your child and as they g This is a beautifully illustrated children's book with bright colourful pictures. I read the story to a few children aged 2 and 3 years. They didn't quite catch onto the concept that Max was after the wrong thief but they loved Max chasing the bright blue bug and it was exciting to turn the pages to see if Max had caught the bug. They also liked all the animals and picking out the farmer in the background and seeing what he was doing. This story will definitely grow with your child and as they get older they will comprehend more of what is happening. Even though the whole concept of the story went over my little ones heads, they still loved it.
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  • infoqueen
    January 1, 1970
    When the farmer sends Max to catch the thief who's been eating all the carrots, berries, beans and cherries, Max grabs a rope and sets out in confident pursuit: "He could catch anything!" His dogged chase after his suspect (a tiny blue bug Max discovers chewing a carrot leaf) leads him all over the farm, encountering other animals who offer to help "guard" the spoils from the thief. The cheerful illustrations, the lively reiterations of the title phrase "Stop, thief!", and the sweet, gullible pr When the farmer sends Max to catch the thief who's been eating all the carrots, berries, beans and cherries, Max grabs a rope and sets out in confident pursuit: "He could catch anything!" His dogged chase after his suspect (a tiny blue bug Max discovers chewing a carrot leaf) leads him all over the farm, encountering other animals who offer to help "guard" the spoils from the thief. The cheerful illustrations, the lively reiterations of the title phrase "Stop, thief!", and the sweet, gullible protagonist Max will delight young readers.
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  • Caryn Caldwell
    January 1, 1970
    Someone is stealing all the farmer's crops, and Max the dog is on the case, but even though he's sure he has the right suspect, it turns out the real thieves are right under his nose.This book is very entertaining for children as well as adults, and the cute illustrations pair well with the text. If read with a sense of wink-wink-nod-nod fun, kids will likely catch on to the irony and feel very smart for figuring out who the real culprits are -- especially since none of the actual characters in Someone is stealing all the farmer's crops, and Max the dog is on the case, but even though he's sure he has the right suspect, it turns out the real thieves are right under his nose.This book is very entertaining for children as well as adults, and the cute illustrations pair well with the text. If read with a sense of wink-wink-nod-nod fun, kids will likely catch on to the irony and feel very smart for figuring out who the real culprits are -- especially since none of the actual characters in the book have a clue.
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  • Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. Max the dogs is given the job of finding the garden thief who has been stealing all the yummy things to eat. He is sure he knows who the thief is and goes chasing him about the farm. The only problem I have with this title, is that it feels unfinished. The readers know that Max has been chasing the wrong villein, but Max never finds out. It seems too open ended for me.
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  • Ampersand Inc.
    January 1, 1970
    From Judy:*****From Morgen:****
  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Cute book, beautiful watercolor illustrations
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Max is cute and energetic but hopelessly clueless.
  • Kassandra
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful illustrations and a perfect gift for my little niece! Well written and sweet.
  • Stefanie Burns
    January 1, 1970
    Max, a dog, is asked by his farmer owner to catch the thief that has been eating the carrots, berries, beans, and cherries. Max spots a blue bug and determines he's the culprit. As he chases him away he comes across Rabbit who is eating the carrots. Max tells him he's chasing the thief who is eating the berries. Rabbit offers to guard the berries while Max continues the chase. This happens repeatedly with the different foods and animals. In the end, you can probably guess what happens. The illus Max, a dog, is asked by his farmer owner to catch the thief that has been eating the carrots, berries, beans, and cherries. Max spots a blue bug and determines he's the culprit. As he chases him away he comes across Rabbit who is eating the carrots. Max tells him he's chasing the thief who is eating the berries. Rabbit offers to guard the berries while Max continues the chase. This happens repeatedly with the different foods and animals. In the end, you can probably guess what happens. The illustrations are nice and inviting and so is the story. Kids will enjoy. Use as an additional selection, not a primary one. Good for a Kindergarten unit on farms.
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  • Misbah
    January 1, 1970
    A silly little puppy named Max is tasked by his owner to guard the farm from theives. Max runs after a their and warns his friends to stay on the lookout and guard the food. The friends guard it in the safest place they can...in their tummies, while silly Max keeps running after "theives".
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    Max, the farmer's dog is sent out to catch the thief who is stealing all the carrots, berries, beans, and cherries from the farmer's field. Max thinks he spots the thief, and the chase is on.
  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    That poor dog was as dumb as dirt. He makes me miss Lassie.
  • Rommel Sison
    January 1, 1970
    6-year-old daughter: 5
  • Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    BOOK DESCRIPTION:"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, event BOOK DESCRIPTION:"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.BOOK REVIEW:I was so happy to read and review this free copy of STOP THIEF provided for an honest review. The illustrations and main character Max were so fun and joyful. Young readers will adore this anxious to please, lovable little pup. Great book for children's opportunities for discussion and learning while enjoying Max's discoveries along the way. Wonderful picture book that will get children thinking ahead as the story progressed.
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  • Venus
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally posted on Children's AtheneumSomeone is stealing the farmer's fruits and vegetables. Not to worry, Max will catch the thief. After spying a tiny blue bug on a carrot, Max gives chase to the culprit. Along the way he meets other animals who try to help him, although it is very obvious that the real thieves are right under Max's nose.I always thought that I was a rather unobservant person, but I believe the most oblivious award can now be handed to Max. Kids will like this fun bo Review originally posted on Children's AtheneumSomeone is stealing the farmer's fruits and vegetables. Not to worry, Max will catch the thief. After spying a tiny blue bug on a carrot, Max gives chase to the culprit. Along the way he meets other animals who try to help him, although it is very obvious that the real thieves are right under Max's nose.I always thought that I was a rather unobservant person, but I believe the most oblivious award can now be handed to Max. Kids will like this fun book where they get to be that much smarter than the main character. That element along makes this book work so well, because kids absolutely love feeling like they are smart and figuring out the mystery before anyone else does. Perhaps the best "twist" is that the thief is never caught, which only adds to that satisfying mystery element. There is also the element of determination, even if Max never really finds the thief, that shows his dedication. Pierre Pratt's illustrations, like his other books, are colorful and full of movement. With all the different animals and the built-in audience participation, I can see this book working very well in a classroom or story-time setting.
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  • Walt Bristow
    January 1, 1970
    Can Max, the farmer’s dog, catch the thief who has been stealing the carrots, beans, berries and cherries? Of course, he can! Max can catch anything. Children will enjoy this delightful story with a meaning written by Heather Tekavec and illustrated by Pierre Pratt. Max’s prime suspect is a bug he finds chewing on some carrot leaves. The bug escapes (of course!) and we get to follow a very clueless Max all over the farm, encountering other animals who, although they’re not sure they’ve seen the Can Max, the farmer’s dog, catch the thief who has been stealing the carrots, beans, berries and cherries? Of course, he can! Max can catch anything. Children will enjoy this delightful story with a meaning written by Heather Tekavec and illustrated by Pierre Pratt. Max’s prime suspect is a bug he finds chewing on some carrot leaves. The bug escapes (of course!) and we get to follow a very clueless Max all over the farm, encountering other animals who, although they’re not sure they’ve seen the bug, do offer to protect the carrots and beans and berries and cherries – and are not nearly as clueless as Max. Children will quickly figure out what’s really going on while poor Max remains as clueless as ever. And they will enjoy the party the animals plan for Max after he is successful is chasing the bug off the farm. Almost makes me want to go make a nice, healthy smoothie with berries and cherries!Released August 1, 2014. Review based on a copy provided by NetGalley.com
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  • M.J.
    January 1, 1970
    Stop Thief!Written by: Heather TekavecIllustrated by Pierre PrattMax is a cute little energetic dog that lives on a farm. The farmer is concerned because all of his cherries, berries,beans and carrots are disappearing. The farmer asks Max to help him find and stop the thief. Max thinks the thief is a fuzzy blue insect he keeps seeing in every nook and cranny of the farm. No matter where Max goes the blue fuzzy creature is there. Max follows the blue bug's scent all over the farm. Along the way, Stop Thief!Written by: Heather TekavecIllustrated by Pierre PrattMax is a cute little energetic dog that lives on a farm. The farmer is concerned because all of his cherries, berries,beans and carrots are disappearing. The farmer asks Max to help him find and stop the thief. Max thinks the thief is a fuzzy blue insect he keeps seeing in every nook and cranny of the farm. No matter where Max goes the blue fuzzy creature is there. Max follows the blue bug's scent all over the farm. Along the way, he meets other farmyard friends like a pig sucking on a strawberry , a rabbit crunching on some carrots, some slick black crows eating some cherries and a goat eating some string beans. Max is so sure he has the right thief but soon finds out the thieves were right under his nose the entire time. The illustrations are so cute and tell the story precisely. Stop Thief! is an adorable story for young children.
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  • Camille
    January 1, 1970
    At first crack of the cover, I was turned off by the small font size of the text. I think whoever had that idea was really concerned about the text detracting from the really nicely done (In gouache on paper, according to the front notes) illustrations. Even after I finished this story, I still wished they would've went a little bigger on the font, but I do appreciate that the smaller font offers a picture-reading/narrative skill building opportunity for early readers. That technical aspect asid At first crack of the cover, I was turned off by the small font size of the text. I think whoever had that idea was really concerned about the text detracting from the really nicely done (In gouache on paper, according to the front notes) illustrations. Even after I finished this story, I still wished they would've went a little bigger on the font, but I do appreciate that the smaller font offers a picture-reading/narrative skill building opportunity for early readers. That technical aspect aside, I thought this story of a naive dog on a hunt for a produce-thief was very cute and would be perfect story for a parent or teacher who was trying to teach kids (or adults, for that matter) how to pay attention to the details... to see the trees for the forest, so to speak.I would pair this with Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and/or I Want My Hat Back for a whodunit themed storytime.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    A great story that is about a dog who is asked to find a thief by his master. He is not sure who or what the thief is, but the vegetables in his garden are becoming less and less available. I must say that both my five year old and my eight year old enjoyed his book. My eight year was able to read it to her brother very easily and both enjoyed the graphics. The story flowed very smoothly and both found the end to be funny. I was very grateful to have received this book as a giveaway from both go A great story that is about a dog who is asked to find a thief by his master. He is not sure who or what the thief is, but the vegetables in his garden are becoming less and less available. I must say that both my five year old and my eight year old enjoyed his book. My eight year was able to read it to her brother very easily and both enjoyed the graphics. The story flowed very smoothly and both found the end to be funny. I was very grateful to have received this book as a giveaway from both goodreads and the author. I highly recommend this book for both parents and school libraries. I plan on showing this book to my son's kindergarten teacher and seeing if she would like to add this to her classroom. I honestly believe the other kids would enjoy it.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    When a farmer enlists the services of his dog Max in catching the thief who has been stealing all his produce, Max is quick to get on the case. After he spies a bug on a carrot, he is sure he has the culprit within his sights. But the bug leads him on a merry chase, and he's so focuses on it that he can't see what's going on around him in the farmer's fields. The lively gouache illustrations reveal that the thief is much closer to home than Max or the farmer realize. This picture book offers man When a farmer enlists the services of his dog Max in catching the thief who has been stealing all his produce, Max is quick to get on the case. After he spies a bug on a carrot, he is sure he has the culprit within his sights. But the bug leads him on a merry chase, and he's so focuses on it that he can't see what's going on around him in the farmer's fields. The lively gouache illustrations reveal that the thief is much closer to home than Max or the farmer realize. This picture book offers many instructional possibilities, but it's also just lots of fun to read and follow Max as he follows that bug.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    A cute book about max, a dog who is asked by a farmer to catch the thief who is stealing all of his carrots, berries, beans, and cherries. Max sets out to catch the thief and sees a bug who is sitting on the carrot tops. Max thinks he has his thief and is off in pursuit. He talks to other animals on the farm, including a bunny, and all of the encourage Max and offer to help protect the crops not realizing that each of them is the thief and not the bug. Younger children will enjoy the story while A cute book about max, a dog who is asked by a farmer to catch the thief who is stealing all of his carrots, berries, beans, and cherries. Max sets out to catch the thief and sees a bug who is sitting on the carrot tops. Max thinks he has his thief and is off in pursuit. He talks to other animals on the farm, including a bunny, and all of the encourage Max and offer to help protect the crops not realizing that each of them is the thief and not the bug. Younger children will enjoy the story while older kids (and adults) will chuckle as they realize what Max does not. In addition, the illustrations are bright and colorful. Received my copy from Netgalley
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  • Lady
    January 1, 1970
    Jumping To Conclusions Makes You Miss The Reality Right Before Your EyesThis adorably illustrated fun and funny book teaches the dangers of single mindedness and not paying attention to your surroundings. It also teaches that bad things happen when you jump to conclusions. This is a sweet cautionary tale that can be easily understood and I loved it! I would love to read more books by this author/illustrator team and think my kids would really enjoy them!***This book is written at a grade school Jumping To Conclusions Makes You Miss The Reality Right Before Your EyesThis adorably illustrated fun and funny book teaches the dangers of single mindedness and not paying attention to your surroundings. It also teaches that bad things happen when you jump to conclusions. This is a sweet cautionary tale that can be easily understood and I loved it! I would love to read more books by this author/illustrator team and think my kids would really enjoy them!***This book is written at a grade school level but is entirely appropriate to be read to younger children
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