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The Giant Jam Sandwich [Hardcover]

John Vernon Lord , Janet Burroway
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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13 Jun 1975
It's a dark day for Itching Down. Four million wasps have just descended on the town, and the pests are relentless! What can be done? Bap the Baker has a crazy idea that just might work . . .

Young readers will love having this lyrical, rhyming text in a new accessible format as they watch the industrious citizens of Itching Down knead, bake, and slather the biggest wasp trap there ever was!
--This text refers to the Board book edition.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); Library Binding edition (13 Jun 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395160332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395160336
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 26.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,657,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The word classic is often overused, but in this case I feel that it is thoroughly deserved" (Bookzone 4 Boys)

"One of the great charms of this book is in the depiction of the characters and following them through the story" (Books for Keeps) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An absolute picture book classic - the tale of one village's ingenious solution to an invasion of wasps! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book so much I learnt it by heart 14 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is undoubtedly an underestimated classic. Every child I know who's read this book can end quotes. 'The gentlemen cheered, the ladies squealed, and farmer Smith said 'use my field''. Absolutely magnificent.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Giant Jam Sandwich 30 Jun 2003
Format:Hardcover
This is my favourite young childrens book of all time. My two sons are now 16 and 19 and if I ask them to name the book they remember me reading to them when they were young, it is this one.
It is well thought out and well written. As the story rhymes all the way through it is great to read and great for young ones to listen to.
Basically a village is swarmed with wasps and the villagers decide to catch them by making a giant jam sandwich. It makes young imaginations run wild.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! 15 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This story appeals to all children with it's fantastical giant bread baking, flying machines and the attempt to stop the wasps. The rhyme propels the tale onwards and makes it even more memorable. In our household the only other book which we can all recite better is the classic 'Each Peach Pear Plum'! It was one of my top childhood favourites (alongside 'The Tiger that came to Tea'), and one of the few which i think my Mum equally enjoyed reading. I hope that this new edition brings it to many more children's bookshelves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best children's book I've ever read! 9 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I used to read this to my younger brother and sister - and once was never enough for them! It's a wonderful story - with great rhyme - and really funny. Of all the books we all had, it's the one we always remember now we're adults.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 17 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is great, I first read this book when I was 9 and 20 years later I can still recite the majority of it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book...unique story line 17 Aug 2012
By TMM
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I ordered this book as part of our children's school curriculum (we homeschool), and it is really well done. All of our children liked it (ranging in age from 6 yrs old, down to the toddlers). The story line is unique, the story's background is really neat, which is that author used to put jam on a crust of bread and place the bread far away from their picnics, so the wasps would congregate at his crust instead of his picnic...one day a friend was with him and a wasp was chasing him around his head. It scared his friend, and no matter how far away his friend ran, the wasp chased him. To help allay his fears, the author told him a story about a giant jam sandwich...the pictures are really cute and pretty detailed. My kids enjoyed looking at the different parts of each picture and what was happening at each part. The story is unique, and all in all well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood classic 30 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback
I remember this book from when I was little and ordered it for my daughter (2yrs old) (despite my parents still having my old copy!) We love to read this story and my daughter loves to count the wasps and look at the details in the illustrations. While this book has a bit of an odd look, some might say dated, they are so detailed and really bring the story to life. The text is complete genius, lovely rhyming, and where else is your little one going to learn "pate" (as in part of a head). My daughter says the words along with me now, and "tells" the story to her toys. I hope my daughter can enjoy this story with her children!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book but terrible print 23 Aug 2010
By jh
Format:Paperback
Fantastic story and illustrations. A favourite from my own childhood.
Brought this recently for my daughter and was very disappointed with the print quality. Blackened, dull colours on cheap paper.
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A gift. Arrived in very good condition, receiver loves this book and story!
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I am reading this to a six year old now. I first read it to my son twenty three years ago.
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Thsis one of the best children's stories ever written. Do not hesitate in buying it! My 4 year wants it read constantly, and so did I when I was his age.
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