Hungry? Let Sammy make you a skyscraping sandwich!

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I let my kids make their own sandwiches. It’s very messy and sometimes their distribution of sandwich fillings is a little heavy-handed but I figure that there are fewer complaints when the kids are in charge of quality control. I might have to rethink my strategy after reading this kids kitchen ‘thriller’.

Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich by Lorraine Francis and illustrated by Pieter Gaudesaboos is one of those rare madcap stories that immediately captures the attention of kids because it could, just possibly, be true.

Sammy is a little boy with a very big appetite. Given free rein in the kitchen, Sammy decides to make himself the biggest, tallest, most humungous sandwich in the world. All sorts of odd ingredients are included from sardines and sprinkles to chocolate spread and salami, and soon the towering sandwich has outgrown Sammy! Lucky he has a ladder. And lucky he’s allowed to saw holes in the ceiling to make way for his growing sandwich. And lucky that he has access to a crane!

You might think that this story ends with the delicate olive and sprig of parsley that Sammy uses to garnish the very top of his skyscraping sandwich but there is a funny twist to finish the book.

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Kids with an appetite for the outlandish will thoroughly enjoy this story. The glossy, over-sized, board book format is the perfect match for the topic and the richly detailed illustrations are packed with things to find and humorous and lively touches .

Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich is suitable for children aged three years and over. It’s available from any independent bookstore in Australia.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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