Pip Jones (author) and Laura Hughes (illustrator), published by Faber
Two weeks ago, our daughter introduced us to a new game: 'Picnic'. The game goes like this:
Mummy/Daddy: "I'd like in my sandwich...a paintbrush"
Daughter: "No! That's for painting with"
Mummy/Daddy: "What about an aeroplane?"
"No! That's for flying in the sky"
This format continues until we say something sensible, such as cheese, and then it's her turn to lead.
We're pretty certain this game was inspired after a first reading of 'Daddy's Sandwich', a giggle-guaranteed tale, brilliantly illustrated, about a well meaning little girl and her efforts to make her daddy the perfect sandwich - because what could be nicer than a sandwich made with his favourite ingredients?
Her culinary creation begins in a conventional, benign fashion- cheese and tomato on thick crusty bread. But as the girl starts to think "outside the fridge", she broadens her criteria and begins to add ALL of her daddy's most loved items, including his banjo, deckchair and his special camera (which she knows she's not meant to touch, "but just this once...").
To top it off, she adds some of her favourite things (which of course her daddy loves too, by default) - such as her paintings, paddling pool and, finally, last but most loved, her!
In a triumphant final spread, we see her multi-story formulation in all its glory, with the girl perched on top. Holding a final slice of bread above her head she calls out: "Daddy, your sandwich is ready..." and as her daddy peers round, we see that very familiar parental expression of simultaneous bewilderment and pride.
Daddy's Sandwich is a delicious treat, any time of the day.
Laura Hughes (@inkylaur) Really sweet review of Daddy's Sandwich by @Books4MyToddler Thank you!