Bento Bloggers & Friends are celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday with a Roald Dahl Day blog hop. By clicking on the red Roald Dahl Day button at the end of this post, you can hop over to the next Bento Bloggers & Friends special lunch based on one of Dahl's books. The button will appear on each blog in the hop. I can't wait to hop through all 13 blogs!
I grew up reading the fun, strange, and slightly creepy stories written by Roald Dahl. Now, my son is enjoying them. Most people are familiar with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, but Roald Dahl wrote many other children's books. Here are two of the ones that Boogs (my 7-year-old son) and I enjoyed:
The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me
In this story, a young boy notices there is work being done on the old Grubber Candy Shop. A sign says it is becoming the LWCCo, the Ladderless Window Cleaning Company. Billy hangs around the shop until he meets the new owners - a giraffe who can extend his neck, a pelican who can retract his beak, and a monkey who is an astonishingly fast window washer. When a wealthy Duke wants to hire LWCCo, Billy tags along and shows them the way to the Duke's house. While there, the LWCCo manages to wash windows and save the Duchess's jewels from the most dangerous cat burglar in the world. The Duke rewards everyone for helping save the jewels. The giraffe gets an orchard of tinkle-tinkle trees whose pink flowers are the only kind of food the giraffe can eat. The monkey receives access to thousands of walnut trees. Pelly the pelican receives access to the finest salmon river in all of Europe. Billy's only want is to have the candy shop back. The Duke rebuilds the candy shop and gives it to Billy. It was a happy ending for all.
In the EasyLunchbox:
Almond butter & jelly sandwich.
The giraffe, monkey, pelican, and Billy are drawn on cheese with black food coloring.
Candy ring for the Duchess' jewels. (Boogs had to save this for after school)
Grapes for the amazingly sweet candy in Billy's new candy shop.
Goldfish crackers for Pelly's salmon.
Carrots and tomatoes topped with radish flowers for Giraffe's tinkle-tinkle trees.
Almonds for Monkey's favorite food - nuts.
The Enormous Crocodile
The Enormous Crocodile in this story has a craving to eat some fat, juicy, little children. He tells all the jungle animals that he has "secret plans and clever tricks" to get the children. Boogs had fun guessing what each clever trick would be. The crocodile disguises himself as a coconut tree, a seesaw in a park, a merry-go-round animal, and a picnic table bench. Each time he almost has a child in his jaws, one of the jungle animals alerts the children of his presence. Finally, the elephant had enough of the croc's horrid ways and threw the crocodile all the way up into the sun. The crocodile banged into the sun and was "sizzled up like a sausage". Boogs said, "Oh when the sausage pieces of the crocodile fall back to earth, the children can eat him up in a stew." I asked Boogs if he thought this book was too creepy. He said, "No, it is not any creepier than Hansel and Gretel."
In the Laptop Lunchbox:
Spinach tortilla, hummus, and cheese Enormous Crocodile
Sunbutter and jelly elephant throwing the crocodile to the sun
Cheese sun with a dark spot where the crocodile sizzled
Almonds for the monkey
Licorice bits for the tail feathers the crocodile bit off of the Roly-Poly Bird
Spinach for the palm tree disguise
Grapes to represent all of the children saved by the kind jungle animals
Now that you have seen my Roald Dahl lunches, click the Roald Dahl Day button to hop over to see Robot Squirrel and the Monkeys' creation for Roald Dahl Day.
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