Friday, February 22, 2013

Lunches February 18th - 22nd

Boogs' lunches are inspired by the books we read at bedtime the previous evening. Each night, Boogs reads one book to me and I read a book or a chapter of a book to him. I usually post his lunches once a week. Click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post to see lunches from previous weeks.

Hey, Duck! by Carin Bramsen

I have been admiring Carin Bramsen's illustrations for the past several months. She has a website detailing the process of illustrating the book The Yellow Tutu. Hey, Duck! is the first book she has both written and illustrated. Boogs and I enjoyed reading Hey, Duck! I read the parts for the duck and Boogs read the parts for the cat. It is a sweet and simple story about friendship. Boogs really loved looking at the pictures of the cat's expressive face and the fuzziness of the adorable little duck. In the ELB lunchbox: cheese duck on toast, boiled egg cat, letters cut out of a piece of fruit leather, blueberries, tomatoes, and bacon.
This lunch was linked to the Lunchbox Dad Throw Back Thursday Lunch Linkup

Erroll by Hannah Shaw
Bob picked up a package of Nutti Nutt bites at the store and discovered a talking squirrel named Erroll in the package. This was the beginning of all kinds of silliness. There is a two page spread with a maze-like drawing showing how Erroll was sucked out of a nut tree, put in a box, sent to Nutti Nutts factory to be processed & packaged, and finally end up in a bag on a store shelf. We must have gone back to that two-page spread 15 times this week. Erroll causes all kinds of trouble at Bob's house. Boogs had a good laugh about Bob trying to use his mom's toothbrush to wash off Erroll. Boogs promised he would NEVER use or touch my toothbrush for any reason. Erroll eventually returns to the wild. In the ELB lunchbox: almond butter & jelly Erroll sandwich, pistachios, cheese crackers, carrots, pineapple, and yogurt.

Baloney (Henry P.) received and decoded by Jon Scieszka, visual recreation by Lane Smith
Henry is frequently late to school and his teacher has had it. She tells him if he does not have a good excuse for being late, then he will have permanent lifelong detention. Henry comes up with an amazing excuse that involves alien abduction and so much more. Throughout the book, there are non-English words. Boogs and I talked about using context clues to see if we could figure out what those words could be. At the end of the book, there is an explanation stating that the author received this entire story directly from a transmission from deep space. The non-English words in the story are from many different languages on Earth and there is a glossary at the end of the book to decode them. In the ELB lunchbox: Henry sandwich made from spinach tortilla with ham & cheese, cheese stick 'zimulis' (pencil), pineapple, and a cucumber 'szkola' (school) on top of veggies.

What Really Happened to Humpty? by Joe Dumpty as told to Jeanie Franz Ransom
Detective Joe Dumpty, Humpty Dumpty's brother, is trying to solve the case of his cracked up brother. He is convinced that Humpty was pushed off the wall. Joe's investigation leads him all over Mother Gooseland. He catches the culprits and his brother survives the fall. Boogs was able to follow Joe's clues and guess the identity of the culprits before Joe revealed it in the story. Boogs also enjoyed the egg jokes and interaction of the nursery rhyme characters. In the Laptop lunchbox: Joe Dumpty boiled egg wearing a tortilla trench coat while examining the ham & cheese wall, blackberries with Little Miss Muffets spider pick, and salad.

Amazing Buildings by Kate Hayden
When Boogs was small, we had a Little Einsteins book that showed landmarks all over the world. Boogs was able to identify several of the buildings in Amazing Buildings  because of that Little Einsteins book. I think it is so neat that he makes connections between the books we have read together.  Today's lunch is very simple. In the Laptop lunchbox: salami & cheese Egyptian pyramid sandwich, pretzels for the Roman Colosseum arches, orange for the Italian Dome of Florence Cathedral, Chex Mix to represent building supplies, and broccoli for England's Eden Project biodome. 

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.


  1. JDaniel would love the Humpty Dumpty story too! I love your lunches! I will be pinning and Facebooking this post.

  2. You did such a smashing job on Hey, Duck! LOVE IT!!!

    All of these lunches are wonderful. Your Joe Dumpty boiled egg is too good for words. What a great collection of books! Hope you guys have a fab weekend.

    1. Thanks, Carin. I was hoping you wouldn't hate it.

    2. You captured the characters perfectly! I linked to this post on twitter, and everyone who responded was impressed with your work and your book-inspired lunch idea.

    3. Thanks again, Carin for the positive response.

  3. This is such a great idea...and so cleverly executed! I especially like your interpretation of Hey, Duck! Cheese duck on toast-- YUM!

  4. What a great idea! We often pretend to be characters from the books we read while we eat, but this would bring a whole new level of fun to the table.

    1. Boogs has fun reading and eating his stories.

  5. Oh, another great selection of books for us to check out and such adorable lunches to match. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  6. Cute, cute, cute! I especially like the duck =)

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT day =-)