The Giant Jam Sandwich

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1972 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages

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 this lyrical, rhyming text as they watch the industrious citizens of Itching Down knead, bake, and slather the biggest wasp trap there ever was! John Vernon Lord's bright ink and crayon illustrations fill the pages with humorous detail.


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User Review  - Paul.Bentley - LibraryThing

A 'seventies tale of how Middle England deflected the more unpleasant aspects of an invasion of unwelcome summer visitors by baking an enormous loaf and serving it with jam. It wouldn't happen nowadays. Read full review

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User Review  - Fjola - LibraryThing

I can see why this has become a classic, it's a fun, quirky story and some of the pictures are really fascinating. A book to read again and again ... Read full review

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John Vernon Lord dons many hats including author, illustrator, and teacher. His children's books have been published all over the world in a number of languages. His classic picture book The GIANT JAM SANDWICH, with verses by Janet Burroway, has remained in print since its initial publication in 1972 and continues to be loved by children of all ages. John Vernon Lord lives in Ditchling, Sussex.

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