Written and Illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Knopf Books for Young Readers
By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich.
But you may not know how it happened.
So let me tell you.
It all started with the bear . . .
“Who took the sandwich? An unseen
narrator explains what became of a missing sandwich in an inventive
selection that places the blame on a bear–but not in the way one might
expect. ..this enjoyable romp is sure to elicit giggles. Young readers
and listeners will laugh out loud as they closely examine the pictures
and find the jokes in this highly interactive urban adventure.”
Recommended Review – Kirkus Reviews
“Sarcone-Roach uses a vibrant color
palette in her impressionistic paintings, gleefully depicting the bear
exploring unfamiliar terrain. The book stands up to repeat readings;
the illustrations (and endpapers) beg for more attention. ”
Starred Review – Horn Book Review
“By now I think you know what happened to
your sandwich,” begins the unseen narrator of Sarcone-Roach’s sly tale.
“But you may not know how it happened…. It all started with the bear.”
The narrator spins a long, involved story about how a bear found its way
to the city (and the sandwich), while warm, painterly acrylics show
what’s really going on. The … story and accompanying artwork stand
nicely on their own, while the narrative frame delivers an extra comic
kick in the pants.
Lush, color-drenched paintings and an unreliable narrator combine to explain a … comical saga in “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by
Julia Sarcone-Roach. “By now I think you know what happened to your
sandwich,” the unseen narrator begins. “But you may not know how it
happened. So let me tell you.” Canny young readers may notice from the
start a certain hasty, guilty note in the elaborate tale that follows,
of a bear that accidentally hitches a ride in a pickup truck and finds
himself, hours later, in “a new forest” of shops and streets and
buildings. We see the bear amiably exploring his curious
environs—squishing through freshly poured concrete, splashing in
puddles—before discovering, on a park bench, “your beautiful and
delicious sandwich. All alone.” The final revelation of the
storyteller’s identity may not surprise the canniest readers, but it
will still delight them and any other 3- to 8-year-olds who pick up this
charming picture book.
-Wall Street Journal
Recommended on the IndieNext list
Signed copies of Julia’s books are available through WORD bookstore in Brooklyn.