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The Sandwich Thief

Marois, André (Author)
Doyon, Patrick (Illustrator)
Chronicle Books 2016. 160 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9781452146591 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Book type: Novel
Book genre: Mystery

Text Elements:

dialogue, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

School may be boring, but there’s one thing Marin can count on: lunchtime. When the bell rings, the magic begins. Marin unzips his lunch box and knows he can expect a scrumptious creation from his parents. They are “cooking maniacs” and pack him a special sandwich for each day of the week.

But one fateful day, what falls out of his box when he dumps its contents on the table? An apple, a granola bar, orange juice and a loving note from his dad. Nothing else. Who stole his sandwich? Marin quickly—and hungrily—turns to his detective skills. When his sandwiches have disappeared every day for a week, he knows there’s a master criminal at work.

Patrick Doyon’s drawings are playful, flattening perspective and exaggerating shapes and contours to fit with Marin’s whimsical childlike perspective. “Sandwich police!” Marin yells, as he pries open the gigantic mouth of “a big sixth grader,” whose head is three times the size of his, forcing Marin to peer into the gigantic black hole of the suspect’s mouth. The palette sticks to the cheerful colours of yellow and red, mixed with shades of black, white and grey. Shapes are reduced to cartoon-like outlines and shapes.

This fun book is a delight. Readers will love the spunky character of Marin and may even be inspired to unleash their inner foodie and make their own homemade works of sandwich art.

  •  

    Discuss the question: Is it ever acceptable to steal from someone?

  •  

    At no point is Marin’s age is revealed. Based on evidence in the text, what can you infer about his age?

  •  

    Do you feel empathy for Mr. Mars? When?

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    The illustrator used a predominantly yellow, black and white colour scheme. At times, the pages are infused with red. Why might the author do that?

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    Write about a personal experience, another text or an event that involved a thief, or something going missing. How was the situation resolved?

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    On a picture walk, discuss the use of colour. How does the added red help create meaning? How are feelings expressed in the illustrations?

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    What is your favourite sandwich? In small teams, create a menu for a sandwich bar. Include a variety of breads, sauces, fillings, fruits and vegetables. Use supermarket flyers or websites to estimate the costs.

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    In your reader-writer’s notebook, keep track of words and expressions that are related to mysteries, detective work and stealing. And sandwiches, of course.

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    In teams, create a short skit about the disappearance of part of your lunch or of something in your school desk. Use vocabulary from your notebook. Practise and perform for other teams or groups.

  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To solve problems
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Drama
  • Ethics and Religious Culture