This book for kids from 1990 was playing on our brains of late. So we did some research and found it! Aimed at young lads, it’s about Sam and his need to make a sandwich for his sister.
Pretty miffed about that, he decides to make it as gross as possible. What a vagabond! The result is a great fun pop-up book to warp tiny minds into nefarious ways.
Although we’d happily still read those books, we’ve also matured into proper adults. Indeed, whilst sipping at only the finest champagne, we listen to Beethoven and quote Solzhenitsyn to maximise profundity.
And yet… we have an entire exclusive recipes list filled with all sorts of nonsense like this book. Yes. But, in truth, we never went out there to poison anyone! Really, it’s your stupid fault if you tried out one of our experiments.
Anyway, Sam’s Sandwich unfolds with much snazzy panache. He’s charged with making a sandwich for his sister.
So, he decides to do just that. But just evil it up a notch. Behold!
Right, so this is a pop-up book. As the pages go along, he adds extra ingredients to the sandwich (with white bread—gross).
As you can see above, Sam gets a slug from the garden and sticks it in with the tomatoes.
The psychotic little git goes on to chuck in some ants, a worm, a snail, and a spider.
However, we’ve got to question the rather questionable ingredients, too. The lettuce, cress, and cucumber are all fine.
But then we get cheese, eggs, salami (!?), onions, and a splodge of ketchup. Doesn’t exactly sound appetising, does it?
Throw in all the stuff Sam stole from the garden and, yes, you have yourself a truly awful sandwich. Huzzah!
Now, it’s great for young lads this (as we mentioned earlier). And we loved it, reading over and over and no doubt chortling at that sadistic little git’s antics.
The book was a hit for Pelham, so he went on to make the likes of Sam’s Hamburger and Sam’s Pizza. All of which developed on the initial concept.
The designs became more fancy. But for many kids like ourselves, it was the mischievous nature of the first outing that’s stuck with us over the decades.
Pop-up books remain a magical part of many childhood reading experiences. But there are also some incredibly advanced types around.
Really, it’s a rather striking work of art when done well, eh?
This style of book is pretty old now. The first known effort is from 1240—Chronica Majora. This was by the monk Matthew Paris. Written in Latin, it attempts a sort of A Little History of the World deal.
Other examples include Treatise on Perspective (1775) by Thomas Malton the Elder.
These were all intended for adults to begin with. But in more recent history, the intrinsic appeal for kids led to many types of entertaining pop-up books.
And why not? The genre has a broad appeal that can captivate young, old, and sandwich enthusiasts alike.