Marianne G. Engedal: THE SAUSAGE BURGLAR

Cover of Marianne Engedal: The Sausage Burglar

Published by Samlaget, 2019

Exciting about an unwilling burglar
Bill is a nine-year-old boy, born into a family of burglars. But Bill doesn’t want to be a burglar. One day he has to steal from his own friend, Sausage Sam. “But I don’t want to steal from Sausage Sam,” yells Bill, “He’s my friend!” What does he get in response? “A real burglar has to be able to steal from anyone at all!”

This tale takes place in a world where every family has a profession they are born to do. Bill doesn’t like stealing, and mostly only pinches junk that nobody wants. His family thinks Bill is a bad burglar, and so they pressure him into stealing from his friend. Bill wants to turn over everything he stole, but on the way there he encounters a band of people who were also born into the wrong profession, and who have run to the woods to escape. The Sausage Burglar is all about finding out who you really are and being brave enough to live the way you want. Format 21,5 x 30 cm.

The Sausage Burglar has been awarded 2019’s Neo Norwegian Children’s Book Prize as well as The Ministry of Culture’s prize for last year’s best picture book. The Ministry’s jury wrote:

The Sausage Burglar is a unique story about a well-known theme – taking your own decisions, even though it might be difficult. An excellent portrayal of what it feels like to find yourself in a world full of rigid rules and expectations. The book makes good use of the picture book media and is marked by an original and consistent narrative voice. The amusing illustrations are filled with exciting details which will convince you to re-read the book over and over again. The book’s style is crooked and fun, and its varied characters cleverly reinforces just how different we people can be.”

Translation rights sold to China, Denmark, South Korea, Lithuania and Sweden.

Read sample in English here (PDF, 3 MB)


The Sausage Burglar tells a wondrously innovative story about a well-known theme: Feeling brave enough to be yourself. […] Marianne Gretteberg Engedal has made her debut with The Sausage Burglar, and there has seldom been such a distinctive debut. […] The Sausage Burglar is so visually captivating, it is a true joy to read.”

From a website for Norwegian children’s literature critics,

The Sausage Burglar is quite simply one of the finest books I have read in a long time, and every single page bubbles over with wonderful uses of colour and thrilling details.”

From a website for Nynorsk literature critics,

“A sweet, philosophical picture book about paving your own way. It’s about being yourself, and being forced to be something you aren’t, or don’t want to be. About having the courage to choose your own path. These themes make The Sausage Burglar a great stepping stone to having important conversations with your child, but the book is still able to entertain children who just want to look, point and play with the story.”

From the national daily paper, Dagbladet

“…A refreshing picture book debut […] something you won’t have seen before.”

From the national weekly paper, Dag og Tid

“Good enough to become one of this year’s best children’s books.”

From a website for critics of art made for children,

Author Marianne Engedal
Photo: Tove K. Breistein

Marianne G. Engedal (b. 1986) is an illustrator and a chef. She was educated at Bergen’s art academy, Kunsthøgskulen. This is her first book.