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Thursday 13 December 2012

Review: Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich

Oh, Sammy. What a treasure you are.

Little Sammy is feeling a tad peckish. Well - more than a tad. He's so hungry, he could eat the biggest sarnie in the world.

Off he goes to the kitchen.

Crusty bread with poppy seeds? Check. Chocolate spread? Check. Swiss cheese, grated carrot and a sprig of parsley? Check check and check.

Sammy soon has two carts filled with delectable sandwich ingredients, and the resultant towering sandwich is sight to behold. But. He's not finished yet.

Many many many layers later, Sammy has a sanga skyscraper on his hands. How on earth is he going to ingest this megalomaniacal tower?

This priceless book is great fun to read - kids will simply adore the craziness - but the superb illustrations really take it over the edge. Funky, colourful, retro-inspired and utterly cool, they are some of my favourite images - not only for 2012 - but, EVER. The variety of styles Gaudesaboos uses is extraordinary - from delicate detailed work to thick, cartoonish outlining - the entire look is delightfully reminiscent of storybooks of the 1950s.

Large format, with cardboard pages throughout, this book would suit anyone from toddlers to book collectors. Or anyone who loves amazing picture books. Check check and check. Love love and love.

Title: Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich
Author: Lorraine Francis
Illustrator: Pieter Gaudesaboos
Publisher: Book Island, NZ$24.95 RRP
Publication Date: November 2012
Format: Hardcover, hard page
ISBN: 9780987669605

For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book