The bear ate your sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach (2015)

This oh-so clever picture book arrived for me on the very day I watched a hilarious bear-in-a-city clip on youtube. I was lulled into a false sense of security by this video, “sure bears end up in cities all the time” I thought, so I was completely unprepared for the nifty twist.

An unknown narrator neatly explains the mystery of the missing sandwich. “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.”

The bear’s story is gorgeous. From the woods, he accidentally finds himself in the back of a truck full of 2015-01-25 16.35.26berries which takes him to a new “forest”. It’s not like any forest he has seen before, although there are similarities. He finds his way into a park where he spies… “Your beautiful and delicious sandwich. All alone.” The result is inevitable, but the revelation of the narrator is not! When we discover that it is in fact a small dog telling the story to his owner, his credibility comes into question.

The illustrations are magical, from the lush green of the forest to the busy golds and browns of the city. And the bear himself? Hilarious!

There are so many layers to this story, it would be brilliant to read and discuss with a class of canny kids.

Check out The bear ate your sandwich at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy The bear ate your sandwich from Fishpond.


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