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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books; Tra edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592701310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592701315
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Brief Thief] teaches a worthy lesson with sparkling dialogue and an excellent punchline. [...] Escoffier has unusual insight into the psychology of doing something bad and getting caught. Readers will wince along with Leon, and laugh out loud when they find out what the underpants are really for." -- STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

"A natural for fans of Jon Klassen's terse creature capers." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A high quality printed book, a funny, well-written original story that is easy to read with spectacular illustrations that all leave you wanting to read the author and illustrator's next book right now. Now that's a perfect picture book." -- Good Reads With Ronna

About the Author

Born in Brazil, Kris Di Giacomo is a popular children's book illustrator who has lived in France for a long time. After a brief stint in the United States, she moved to France, where teaching English to young children and discovering French picture books were the triggers that led her into illustration. She has illustrated twenty picture books, a few of which she has written as well.

Michael Escoffier was born in France in 1970. Raised by a family of triceratops, he discovered his passion for writing and telling stories at a young age. He lives in Lyon, where he teaches and writes, with his wife and two children.

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My co-workers asked to read it and also laughed out loud.
Molly Ciliberti
I enjoyed the main character have a problem of conscience in such a way that children might understand it.
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The story itself has a good lesson to it as well as a good laugh.
Valerie A. Baute

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Baute on April 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What do you do when you have to poo and there is no toilet paper? That is what Leon has to figure out. Thankfully there is something nearby that should do the trick. But then his conscious speaks up, and he must correct what he did wrong.

I love this book. It is hilarious; potty humor at its finest. The illustrations are different, not necessarily cute, but very intriguing. They work perfectly for the book. The empty roll of toilet paper on the tree cracks me up. The story itself has a good lesson to it as well as a good laugh. With large, thick pages, children will love exploring this book. The ending was somewhat expected with a funny twist. You will have to read it to find out what happens.

I work at a library and am always looking for books I can read in story time. I think the kids would absolutely love it, but I just can't bring myself to read it. Sitting in front of 20 preschoolers and saying "And now, Leon has to go poo" isn't going to happen. I don't think it is gross, and I don't think parents would care, but I would be laughing too hard to read it. When I try to practice reading it out loud, I lose it at that page. Maybe I will be able to laugh while the children are hysterically laughing as well. I will see if I'm ever brave enough to try, but I'm sure it would be a crowd favorite if I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Molly Ciliberti on May 5, 2013
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I bought this for my grandkids and read it at work to see if it was OK for them and found myself laughing out loud. My co-workers asked to read it and also laughed out loud. What a fun way to learn about your conscience. Highly recommended for kids of all ages. By the way my grandkids 6-8 loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LA CA on August 14, 2013
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The kids I know love jokes about poop and underwear. I guess I do too. This book has both. It's translated from a French book, so it seems a bit off, in a good way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CaseyClan on July 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Oh the hysteria this book created at bedtime. My five year old boys loved it, it's perfect for this age. It takes the topic of poo (little boys favorite) and introduces the concept of your conscience. I highly recommend for the 4-8 range.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zeldie Stuart on June 26, 2013
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My grandsons thought this was funny and it is typical boy humor. Grand daughter did not enjoy and said it is a boy book. It's about creature going to the bathroom, no toilet paper and using a piece of fabric thought to be a rag but is not so. Consequences thereof. Amusing lesson also about being considerate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Tia on April 30, 2013
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I read this book to my students for the first time today. It was a huge success with both the kids and adults in my room. I've already read it multiple times and they still find it humorous. It's definitely a book that will be requested again and again and again.
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Format: Hardcover
Leon the lizard is in a real pickle when he runs out of toilet paper. What’s a lizard to do when he has to poo? Luckily for him (or so he thinks!), Leon spies a discarded pair of holey red underpants in the tree nearby. Voila! Impromptu toilet paper!

The plot thickens when Leon hears a voice cautioning him against taking something that doesn’t belong to him. Cleverly mixed in with the giggle-worthy potty humor is a lesson about consciences and making good decisions even if no one is watching. Leon’s plight and the delightful twist ending will have little listeners (and probably their grown-up readers) laughing hysterically.

The Brief Thief is great for reluctant readers, especially boys, and it just might teach them a lesson as well as entertain them.

This review originally appeared on ABookandaHug.com
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One of the best books in our home library right now. It's funny, hilarious and it explains a very difficult thing to teach children, what is conscience. The bonus: the book is beautifully illustrated.
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