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The Ice Cream Vanishes

The Ice Cream Vanishes

Current price: $18.99
Publication Date: June 20th, 2023
Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Staff Reviews

Magical mayhem that is delicious.

— Poe

Squirrel loves to make snacks disappear. When they spot a dropped ice cream cone, they have to show Bear — but when they come back, it's vanished! All the forest critters are eager to witness the magic of an ice cream treat, hoping for a nibble!

Andrew King, Secret Garden Bookshop, Seattle, WA
July/August 2023 Kids Indie Next List


The almost Amazing Squirrel and their lovely assistant, Bear, are here to make snacks (and ice cream) disappear! A deliciously funny picture book from the award-winning creator of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.

Squirrel is an expert at making acorns disappear. But making some ice cream vanish?! "I put it right there! On that hot rock in the sun!" When Squirrel returns with Bear and finds the ice cream gone, they know there is only one explanation—Squirrel is a magician!

Determined to replicate this feat, Squirrel and Bear follow the ice cream truck...and put on a show every forest animal will remember forever.

With a text that begs to be read aloud and lush paintings filled with humor, Julia Sarcone-Roach creates magical mayhem and a story so delicious, kids will be begging for second helpings.

About the Author

Julia Sarcone-Roach won a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award for her breakout hit, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich. She also wrote and illustrated There Are No Bears in This Bakery and Subway Story and illustrated Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty.

Julia grew up in Arlington, Virginia, studied film and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she paints pictures, tames squirrels, and keeps her eyes peeled for bears.

Praise for The Ice Cream Vanishes

"I scream. You scream. We all scream for vanishing ice cream."Kirkus Reviews

"Fans . . . are sure to lap up this work."Publishers Weekly

"Sarcone-Roach has delivered another story centering an endearing unreliable narrator. . .[with] enough silly effervescence to make this tale a lively summer storytime pick." —Booklist

"As in The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, the humor in The Ice Cream Vanishes stems from the clash between what the narrator says and what readers see, leaving it to Sarcone-Roach's dynamic art in sunrise colors to tell the truth. The book is an ode to friendship: ultimately, Bear scores a treat while enabling clueless Squirrel ("Ta-da! The ice cream vanished!") to realize a dream." —Shelf Awareness

"A lively summer storytime pick....a visual narrative that is simultaneously comforting and dynamic." —The Bulletin

"This fun and quick read has all the elements to keep toddlers entertained." —School Library Journal