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Daddy’s Sandwich by Pip Jones and Laura Hughes

Daddy’s Sandwich is the perfect story to read during British Sandwich Week. Little Ruby’s sandwich fillings are very original and include the favourite things in Daddy’s life – inedible as well as edible!

The Story: Ruby offers to make Daddy a sandwich which includes all of his favourite things. She starts off fairly conventionally with bread, butter and cheese but then she really goes to town and starts to add more bizarre ingredients. But what will Ruby choose as Daddy’s final favourite sandwich filling?

Daddy’s Sandwich takes a fun look at a little girl’s love for her Dad through a practical activity. Once Ruby has collected lots of Daddy’s favourite things the sandwich resembles The Leaning Tower of Pisa! The fillings include biscuits dunked in tea, Daddy’s phone, his toolbox and Mum’s bubble bath. The sandwich is truly a labour of love and we love the final illustration which shows Daddy’s reaction to his ‘lunch’.

Laura Hughes’ illustrations are full of humour and bright colours and they really bring the text and Ruby’s emotions to life – we love the expressions on Ruby’s face especially when her tongue is sticking out in concentration as she spreads the butter and the look of delight as she opens a pop up book. The text is simple and consists of Ruby’s dialogue, it’s an easy and fun story for a very young child to understand and older children will appreciate the humour in the pictures – my daughter loves the way that Ruby carries the bubble bath bottle and I love the picture of Ruby blowing up her paddling pool. Ruby’s little grey cat is very cute and although not mentioned in the text is shown on most pages.

This would be a great book to use in the classroom to stimulate a (how not to!) sandwich making session. I have made sandwiches in class with children several times (often as part of a teddy bear’s picnic) and it’s amazing how difficult many children find this task – especially spreading fillings. It can get very messy!

Daddy’s Sandwich is a fun read and the expression on Daddy’s face when he sees his sandwich is hilarious!

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Pip Jones / Illustrator: Laura Hughes

We won our copy of Daddy’s Sandwich on Playing By The Book‘s blog two years ago. At the time my daughter made her own ‘favourites’ sandwich which included cherry jam, apple, Lego and colouring pencils! What favourite things would you put in your sandwich?

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20 responses to “Daddy’s Sandwich by Pip Jones and Laura Hughes”

  1. Ann from Rainbows are too beautiful avatar

    Funny books always do well with our lot. This one looks good #mmbc

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a mix of cute and funny 🙂

  2. Sian avatar

    Oh the illustrations are darling! It would make a lovely book for Father’s Day too!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It would be a great story for Fathers’ Day 🙂

  3. BookBairn avatar

    I love your daughter’s sandwich for her daddy – so cute!! I like the idea of this book too -perfect for fathers day! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I may ask her to make another sandwich to see what she would include now that she’s older 🙂

  4. The Breastest News avatar

    What a fun little book 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a perfect first picture book 🙂

  5. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    It sounds funny with the ingredients you have mentioned. Tasty doesn’t spring to mind #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s such a huge sandwich but very few of the ingredients are tasty!!

  6. Acorn Books avatar

    This looks like such a funny story, my boys would love it! I’m sure their sandwiches would have lego in too with a few tractors and trains as a garnish. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I’m guessing that most children would also include ice cream in the sandwich somehow 🙂

  7. Shell Louise avatar

    This sounds like great fun and the illustrations look lovely 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are brilliant. We love the little grey cat too 🙂

  8. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds lovely! A fun read for my niece and nephew, I think.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a fun read and simple enough for young readers to read it to themselves with help from the pictures.

  9. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    This looks like such a sweet story, and what a fun concept! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really fun look at an everyday situation 🙂

  10. Debbie Roberts avatar

    Hi Catherine, this book sounds like fun! Biscuits dunked in tea as a sandwich filling could take off! Not sure about mobile phones though. I can imagine children loving the silliness of the book as well as playing spot the cat!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a fun story and we really love the cat’s facial expressions 🙂