The Sandwich Thief
Chronicle Books / Raincoast Books
By Andre Marois, illustrated by Patrick Doyon
Synopsis from Raincoast Books:
Marin loves the sandwiches his parents make for him-every day they’re different and more delicious than the last. One morning, someone dares to steal his favorite sandwich: ham-cheddar-kale. Furious, Marin begins a fevered and famished investigation to unmask the thief. The days go by, the suspects multiply, and Marin’s sandwiches continue to disappear. This droll, graphic caper is a funny school mystery exploring the high stakes of low blood sugar. The first in a series, the book’s witty text and graphic illustrations make this funny school mystery perfect for early and advanced readers alike-and for anyone who’s been the victim of lunchtime crime.
Sandwiches get a bad wrap as a unthoughtful school lunch option. Marin from The Sandwich Thief would disagree. He looks forward to lunch with excitement for each lovingly prepared sandwich from Monday’s ham, cheddar and kale to Friday’s chicken, avocado, cucumber and his mom’s special mayonnaise. Hungry yet? When someone starts to steal his sandwiches he sets out to solve the mystery, making observations and hypothesis.
I like the structure of chapters based on days of the week and the illustrations take you along with Marin as he sets out to find the culprit. I think kids will enjoy how Marin takes this caper on, reaching out to adults for assistance when needed, but he is the lead. It adds to a message I often share with my own kids about evaluating and taking action on their own as a first step and then bringing us in as their parents when assistance is needed. A fun story around the love of food and a little mystery to solve.