ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Sam's Sandwich - a childrens classic books review

Updated on May 8, 2012

Title: Sam’s Sandwich

Author: David Pelham

Illustrator: David Pelham

Age level: 3 and up

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

ISBN-10: 0525452109

ISBN-13: 978-0525452102

Format: Cardboard cover pop-up book

Availability: editions available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

5 stars for Sam's Sandwich by David Pelham

Publisher details

When Samantha needs a really special treat to munch on, her devious brother Sam knows just what to make: a sandwich with everything on it. A sandwich-shaped, foldout book, Sam's Sandwich invites young readers to peel back the lettuce, tomato, and other ingredients to discover Sam's rhyming, crawling surprises.


This is a book my oldest son was given when he was four years old and one that I have read to all four of my children over the years.

Sam's Sandwich tells the story of Samantha who wants something to eat and turns to her brother, Sam, for help in constructing a sandwich of delicious proportions. Sam, however, takes advantage of his sister’s trust to put in some quite non-traditional treats while her back is turned. Among these yum-yums are flies, worms and snails.

This is an easy-to-read story and written in simple rhythmic verse. The words aren’t too big for young children and the illustrations are whimsical, especially the contrast of facial features between the trusting Samantha and the devilish Sam. Sam isn’t really mean, he’s just a brother doing what brothers can do best. But his sly smile does remind me of Damien from The Omen films, which adds to my adult amusement with the story.

The book also sports pop-up pages that reveal Sam’s added ingredients as the story progresses. My son and his three siblings enjoyed taking turns flipping the pop-ups over, always in giggling anticipation. I found that reading the book to them as if I personally expected to find something tasty -but then pretended to be shocked- adds to the fun of revealing the ingredients.

Sam’s Sandwich is a delightfully funny tale with a refreshing lack of attempted moralizing. If there is a lesson to be found here it is how to laugh at sibling rivalry..and maybe, too, that we should never turn a back on an eagerly helpful little brother! Children will be sure to enjoy this one immensely and so will their parents.

The author's official page at Simon & Schuster

This Hubpages review ©May 8, 2012 by Beth Perry


Submit a Comment
  • CynthiAnn profile image


    6 years ago from Indiana

    Thank you for the review! I'm gonna put that one on my list for books for my kids! :-)

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    Glad you liked it Marcy and thanks for dropping in :)

  • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

    Marcy Goodfleisch 

    6 years ago from Planet Earth

    Nicely done and presented! I like the way you included author information, a plot summary and a rating! Thanks!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)