Children’s Book Review: The Sandwich Thief

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I love this simple art! I always forget – it’s not about realism, necessarily. It’s about whether or not you can work with what you can do. And this art is perfect in that you know exactly what the characters are thinking just by the expressions on their faces. And action is expressed so obviously.

And the writing is a perfect complement to the art. You’re disgusted by the written description of the lunchroom – then the picture comes – and ew!

But then I was a little disappointed in the storyline.

Obviously a sandwich is stolen. But one of the suspects is a suspect because she is poor. This seems like a poor use of poverty as a plot device. And then it’s the janitor (highlight to see) who is the actual thief. Maybe it was just intended to be a crime of convenience, but it didn’t feel like it. I don’t know – maybe I’m overly sensitive but it just seems contrived to focus negatively on people of certain economic status.

What do you think? Am I being overly critical?

Thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for a copy in return for an honest review.

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