Saturday, September 28, 2013

Story Themed Lunches

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. We like to pack our lunches in ELBs and Laptop Lunchboxes.

Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long
In the sequel to How I Became A Pirate, Jeremy Jacob is surprised by a visit from Captain Braid Beard and his crew. Jeremy Jacob enlists the pirates help to take care of his little sister who has woken up from her nap. Oh what a mess when the pirates try to change a diaper and take care of Bonney Anne! Later in the day, Bonnie Anne sneaks off and eats part of Captain Braid Beard's treasure map. Luckily, Jeremy Jacob was able to locate the hidden treasure in his back yard. Boogs really enjoyed looking at the illustrations in this book. He also said he is glad he does not have to take care of any little sisters.

 Pirates at the Plate by Aaron Frisch
A baseball game between pirates and cowboys is quite a sight. Famous players, like Bluebeard and Wild Bill Hickok, battle it out in a fierce game of ball with cannons blasting and lassos swinging. The story is peppered with puns. In the Laptop lunchbox: Boogs decided he wanted to have leftover pizza in the pirate lunch, so we turned the pizza into a baseball field with black olive players. Also in the lunch - mango gold, Pirate's Booty, lasso & rope Chex Mix, carrot bats, and tomato balls.

 Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

Stillwater, the panda, meets three neighborhood children and shares Zen stories with them to help them focus on the way they view the world around them. The three stories Stillwater told really gave Boogs and I good conversation starters about luck, anger, and charity. Boogs favorite lesson was summed up by the character of Micheal, "Maybe good luck and bad luck are all mixed up. You never know what will happen." Boogs related this to his teeth. He said, "This is true with my teeth. It is bad luck that they hurt and bleed when they are loose but really good luck when the tooth fairy leaves money." The message in the last story Stillwater told was that carrying around anger towards another person can steal your own happiness. Boogs and I both enjoyed this Caldecott Honor book. In the lunchbox:  Stillwater johnny cake, banana slices with panda pick, blueberry water with panda pick, cottage cheese with red star umbrella.

Raccoon on His Own by Jim Arnosky
A little raccoon was out eating breakfast with his family when he discovered an old canoe. He climbed inside and soon found himself adrift in the swampy waters. The little boat carried the raccoon downstream. Little raccoon saw many swamp creature swimming and floating by his canoe. In the background of the pictures, mother raccoon is seen keeping a watchful eye on little raccoon during his adventure. Eventually, the canoe bumps against the shore and little raccoon discovers that his mother has followed him downstream. This was a sweet little book. In the ELB lunchbox: raccoon boiled egg, cheese sun, ham swamp water, Goldfish crackers, swamp flowers & foliage salad, and plum crawfish.

We also had a boring, throw some stuff into a lunchbox lunch this week. There are some mornings when I have no creative ideas for Boogs' lunch. This was one of them. In the Laptop lunchbox: salami, Goldfish crackers, strawberries, raisins, carrots, Babybel cheese, and yogurt.

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. you are so inventive and creative with these lunches! the raccoon egg is my favorite :) thanks for linking up to kids in the kitchen!

  2. They're all fantastic! I love that you coincide them with books you're reading. Super cute. :)

  3. Amazing lunches! I especially love your pirate and raccoon ones!

  4. Now I have a new list of books to put on hold at the library. Love your lunches.

  5. Looks like some great books and wonderful lunches!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a kind comment.