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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (30 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140503013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140503012
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Burglar Bill is the delightful story of a thief who lives off other people's fortunes, until two major events change his life forever. The first is when he steals a box only to find it contains a baby, and the second is when he, too, is burgled, by Burglar Betty. The improbable union that follows offers a convenient moral that turns both thieves into honest folk who vow to keep on the straight and narrow.

Bright illustrations (if somewhat stereotypical, with Burglars Bill and Betty in stripy shirts, eye masks and carrying swag bags!) cheer up this somewhat serious tale and break up the text for first readers. A lovely story to read together at bedtime. (Ages 4 to 7 years) --Lucie Naylor

Amazon.co.uk Teacher Review

Children need to read at home every day to practise the reading skills that they have been taught. Here are some tips to help make Burglar Bill part of your child's reading routine:

  • choose a time when you and your child both want to read, sit somewhere comfortable and quiet.
  • before you begin to read, get a "feel" for the book by looking at the cover, front and back and talking about it.
  • let your child hold the book and turn the pages. Look at the pictures.
  • look for the little details--they help the child to understand what the book is about.
  • let your child "read" the book to you by talking about each picture.
  • read the book again and again if you both enjoy it.
If used to support learning at home, Burglar Bill can help first readers achieve the targets for Key Stage One English: Reading. --Amanda York

From the Back Cover

Who's that creeping down the street?
Who's that climbing up the wall?
Who's that coming through the window?
Who's that? ... It's Burglar Bill.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ek Stewart on 17 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
I adored this book as a child and would ask my Grandmother to read it over and over again.
The story of a burglar like nobody else can tell it. Bill spends his days sleeping and his nights as a master criminal burglar! He will steal anything, baked beans, a toothbrush, a basket!!! Until one night he picks up more than he bargained for!
This is definitely one for children of all ages. You and your child will laugh so much at the super silly Burglar Bill!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
The story of Burglar Bill, Burglar Betty and the baby was a great favourite with my children 30 years and more ago, and it's still a great favourite now that the generation moves on. Burglar Bill is not at all alarming, just the opposite, and it's nice that he finds happiness with Burglar Betty in the end. The pictures are lovely and the text is simple,direct and kindly.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By sukey@sukey.homechoice.co.uk on 29 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
We borrowed this book from a friend and it has not yet made its way back, in fact I'm here to buy another because we can't bear to let it go. There are few books I enjoy reading over and over but this is one of them. The characterisations are delightful and if you like to act (I do) are great fun to read with someone small next to you. Bill and Betty come quite naturally to realise the error of their ways and, importantly, make amends. The moral is there but it doesn't slap you round the face, after all no-one likes to be condescended to, least of all children. Bill, Betty and the baby are hilarious and their story surprising and very funny....we think this is a bit of a classic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claire on 17 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the lasting memories of my childhood and luckily I still have the same copy from back then that I can now read to my own children. My youngest is 2 and she sometimes lacks the patience to wait for me to read all the text before jumping ahead to the next page but the charming illustrations enable her to have a good grasp of the story anyway. She loves the Burglar Cat and Burglar Baby.

It will always have pride of place on my bookshelf as it holds lovely memories for me and I hope my children look back on it with fondness in the years to come too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book over and over again as a child and adored it. I am now buying a copy for a friend's baby son. Not too cutesy, just a wonderful innocent book. Every kid should have this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss E. L. Prentice on 10 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
Burglar Bill is a funny fictional childrens book. The story focusses on Bill and his burglaring habbits. One night when Bill is out stealing he gets more than he wants. By the end of the story Bill sees the error of his ways and becomes an honest man.

We liked the bright funny illstrations throughout the book. One of our favourites is the babies nappy (towel) which looks like a big tennis ball after Bill changes it. We found this story silly and exciting in a funny way.

We would recommend this book to children and adults because we think it is a really fantastic story. This book has been out for a very long time and still remains a very popular story. Adults can read it to their children and grandchildren.

By Lori,Chloe B,Chloe G,Victoria,Jordan R and Jordan A.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally on 4 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
My Godparents bought me this book many, many years ago and it was a firm childhood favourite for my brother and myself. The catchphrases of that rascally Burglar Bill soon found their way into our families dialogue and private jokes and the story was told so often that I think we could all have recited it "off by heart".
Recently, when deliberating what to get my nieces for Christmas I had a flash of inspiration and heard the words `I'll ave that" resounding in my mind. It was instantly decided that I would share my love of this story with my nieces, and hoped too that my brother would enjoy sharing the story he'd also loved as a child with his children.
Success! My brother was thrilled and my nieces are already starting to repeat Bill's catchphrases with little looks of cheeky glee. This just goes to show that sometimes, the simplest and silliest of stories can survive the test of time and be loved generation after generation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Paterson on 3 Dec 2006
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My son loved this book. From an early age he'd ask for it to be read to him. I've bought this book for friends children, nieces and nephews and all have enjoyed it as much as my son when he was young. A lovely simple story with a morale that encourages interest in books and reading.
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