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It's a dark day for Itching Down. Four million wasps have just descended on the town, and the pests are relentless! What can be done? Bap the Baker has a crazy idea that just might work . . .

Young readers will love this lyrical, rhyming text as they watch the industrious citizens of Itching Down knead, bake, and slather the biggest wasp trap there ever was! John Vernon Lor
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 27th 1987 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1972)
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j
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As a kid, I was pretty much fascinated with any book that had giant, colorful pictures of food, so it only makes sense that my two favorites were Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and this, The Giant Jam Sandwich. Despite the more varied foodstuffs on display in the former, I have to give the edge to the latter, because it actually showed people making the giant food instead of just being pelted with it from above. Kids like to know the process, I guess.

So the idea here is that all these wasps h
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Kate Sarkar
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One hot summer, the poor villagers of Itching down are bombarded with wasps. Three million to be precise. These pesky stingers wreak havoc in the town, until something has to be done….. It is decided that a giant jam sandwich be constructed, to lure and trap the naughty nuisances in. This, however proves to be no mean feat. The villagers must all take part at various stages to pull the plan off successfully. Mayor Muddlenut gathers suggestions, Baker Bap orders the making of the bread, Farmer Se ...more
Mandi
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I completely by accident found this book at the library & was so excited! I loved this book as a child! And I'm happy to report that I still do 😊
Nazhath
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord

The town of Itching Down has been swarmed in by four million wasps. They cause havoc and cause misery to the villagers. However, Bap the baker comes up with a wacky idea, of constructing a jam sandwich to lure and trap the naughty nuisances in. But this can only be done with the help of all the villagers to create the biggest jam sandwich, which they all agree to. Bap the baker orders the making of the bread and Farmer Seed allows his field to be used as
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Julia
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another childhood classic that sticks with you even long after you have read this book. Children who are learning to read will enjoy this book and watching the means to making such big food for such a witty trap.

The illustrations were intriguing mostly in their own right since the people presented were given in such weird facial shapes that it was easy to follow along with the different members of the town. And the wasps? They were fun to track all over the page, especially where they seem to
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Skye Kilaen
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The town of Itching Down has a problem. It's been invaded by wasps. After a community meeting, it's decided the ONLY logical way to handle this is to make a giant jam sandwich to trap the wasps. Strangely, I have not tried this at our house (though wasps love to build nests on our front porch), but the book is extremely funny, especially the various characters and the creative problem-solving the town has to use to make their project a reality. Fans of British humor should pick this one up.
Linda
Welcome to Itching Down.
take a journey to a flustered town.

The citizens have a problem:
little wasps swarm everywhere.
So the people decide to build a sandwich
that will rid these bugs from their hair.

The loaf of bread is huge.
The jam is sticky and sweet.
The insects saw a banquet
and landed on it with their feet.

And splat!

Three survived and took off for who-knows-where,
but the people no longer care.
So welcome to Itching Down.
A now very happy town.
Carly
Aug 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE ON EARTH
This is seriously one of the best books ever. I read it while I was visiting the Museum of Play with Rup in Rochester, and the title caught my eye. It is FANTASTIC. It's a picture book that tells the story of a bunch of townspeople who have a problem with something like four million wasps, and one brilliant person has the idea of producing a giant jam sandwich to trap all the wasps. Could there possibly be a better idea for a book???? I don't think so. Winner.
Andy
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this was one of my favorite books as a child. I loved looking at the detailed illustrations and finding all of the villagers at work and play. An AWESOME children's book!!!
Wendy Weaver
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another book that is a hit for children. Author Lord does a wonderful job creating a creative story line. You get hooked right away and want to know what happens next. Have you ever heard a story about a giant jam sandwich? Now you have.
Debby
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
Story in verse of a town invaded by wasps, who created a giant jam sandwich to capture them all.

Large, bright, detailed pictures.
Kate
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book when I was a little kid, and it's been a lifelong favorite. Is there a better book about sandwich-making? I SUBMIT THAT THERE IS NOT.
Taryn
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, storybook
So much fun to read aloud with great rhyming and awesome 60s/70s pictures.
Jacob
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great children's book about a village trapping wasps with a giant jam sandwich
Connie
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
There's not much to say that hasn't been said. A zillion and a half wasps invade the town of Itching Downs (really, with a name like that, what do you expect? So it's not a waspish sort of town, the wopsies clearly think it is!), and, having apparently depleted the options of "evacuate" and "wait for the first killing frost" and "use up our hoarded stores of illegal DDT" the townspeople decide to get rid of the wasps with - get this - a GIANT JAM SANDWICH. (You didn't see that one coming, did yo ...more
Shelley
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
If I had to choose on of my favorite books growing up, this one would be in the top 5. I remember pulling it off the shelf and noticing the edges were a little worn and the spine was a little loose. This is a great story about all the people pulling together to make a GIANT jam sandwich to trap the nasty wasps that were terrorizing them. They could not fix the problem one man alone but together, they were able to bake a huge loaf of bread. Together they were able to churn a massive amount of but ...more
Jennifer
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Apparently this book has been around longer than I have, but it took me this long to find it! This is a terrific childrens book! It was enjoyable for me, at least as much as it was for my kids when we read it together (maybe more!). The rhyming couplets are fantastic, the meter is perfect and the words trip right off your tongue when read aloud. The story is fantastical - wasps invade the town and the only way to get rid of them is to trap them in a GIANT JAM SANDWICH! - of course! The images an ...more
Melki
One hot summer in Itching Down,
Four million wasps flew into town.


And so the only solution, it seems, is to bake a giant loaf of bread, slice it up, spread it with jam, and trap the wasps in the sticky stuff.

Psst! This is a lot easier, and involves no baking . . .

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Shayla
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is about a town who was infested by four million wasps, who were quite a nuisance. So they made a huge loaf of bread, and they cut a slice, put jelly on it, and as soon as the wasps were all stuck in the jelly, they put a slice of bread on top. They fixed the problem.
This book was great! The pictures look a little old, but the story is cute. All the townspeople look a little crazy, but they were smart when they came up with their excellent plan. The text fits perfectly with the pictur
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Tracy
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
"An oldie but a goodie." Good for asking questions and making predictions...how will they catch the wasps? How will they make a sandwich big enough? Will it work? What will happen to the sandwich after they catch the wasps? I actually learned a new vocabulary word from this book. It was a good opportunity to teach Mackenzie how to use the context and the pictures to figure out a word we didn't know. Plua a good discussion of how to look words up in a dictionary. The word was "pate" which is the ...more
Dolly
Mar 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, favorites, 2010
I remember this book so completely vividly from my childhood. I have no idea how many times I read it, but it must've been several, since the images are so ingrained in my head. I had forgotten about this book and when I discovered it on the shelf at the "Kids for All Seasons" camp at the Four Seasons resort at Manele Bay on Lana'i, I was soooo excited to read it to our girls. Just a simple, fantastic story about a sandwich solution to a large pest problem. But indeed, I felt like I was sharing ...more
Anne
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The town of Itching Downs...it's that delightful musical word use that makes this my all time favorite children's book! The colorful prose is only bolstered by the whimsical arwhork in this book. I just recently retold this story to a friend's daughter as we watched a few pesky wasps while on vacation. The story is simple and practical, and yet seems impossible and amazing as a child! It was such a part of my childhood memories, that I searched out two copies for my sons ( it is out of print). I ...more
Casey
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Haha, I love this book! Throughout this class, looking through books, I keep seeing books that I remember loving... for no apparent reason. This book, was one of those. It's rhyming, it's silly, and has great illustrations. I think this book would be great to read to any elementary class, it's just fun! The enemy is a wildly-disliked creature, wasps; and the heroes are townspeople. A very simple, yet outrageous book.
Linda
I see this on the shelves and my childhood launches itself at me. I loved this story. I still love this story. It has the logic of a child and so it makes utter complete sense. Still makes me a bit peckish tho......
Both boys loved it - laughed and puzzled about the logistics through the whole thing. Still perfectly logical to them.
A thought the tractor/helicopter was brilliant and C loved the image of the wasps all 'jammed' together. Knew they'd love it!
Mathew
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a classic in the canon of children's literature and picture books. It tells the story of how, as a collective, the people of Itching Down solve the problem of a wasp invasion. The verses are catchy and children always like the sense of rhythm that the bring but it has always been John Vernon Lord's coloured ink and crayon pictures that always captured me. So many little stories taking place and a proper sense of middle-England feel to it.
Emma
Nov 26, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2015
My brother was raving about this book the other day as apparently he had and loved it as a child. My sister and I didn't remember it but both thought it sounded familiar when he described the plot. And apparently my nephew (6 weeks old as of this writing) would really like it as a Christmas present so I bought it for him and couldn't resist a read. It's cute and fun. I think I'm going to like having a nephew to read kids books too.
Janin
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My seven year old brought this book home from the school library-- we enjoyed it the first time when he read it to me, but the vocabulary in it is extensive (and excellent!), and we couldn't resist having me read it back to him immediately after so that we could enjoy the delightful rhythm. Not only is the poem/ story well written, but the pictures are fantastically funny in a "How the Trollusk Got His Hat" kind of way and we loved really looking through them to see what was going on.
Duncan Wilson
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant childrens book that is still a lot of fun today.
I remember borrowing this book from my local library when i was small during one fo their summer reads. bearing in mind that was back when we had little card holders and proper date stamping :D
nice rhymes and funny picture amke this a great picture book that i am sure children will still
enjoy today
Katie Griffin
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best young children's books I have had the pleasure of reading. The rhyming words are an absolute joy to read out loud and have delighted my daughter since she was three. The illustrations are quite traditional and detailed in my edition, which makes a lovely contrasting style to many of her other books.
Asha Smith
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Giant Jam Sandwich is a book I read when i was a child. I remember loving how the townspeople got together and saved the whole town from the swarm of bees. I think this book promotes community because it shows students that they can should come together to reach a commom goal, especially if the goal will benefit everyone.
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Janet Burroway is the author of eight novels including Raw Silk, Opening Nights, and Cutting Stone. Bridge of Sand will appear from Harcourt in spring 2009. Among her recent works are the plays Medea With Child, Sweepstakes, and Parts of Speech; a collection of essays, Embalming Mom; the second edition of Imaginative Writing, and the seventh edition of Writing Fiction. She is Robert O. Lawton Dist ...more
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