Thursday, November 21, 2013

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

Captain Arsenio: Inventions and (Mis) Adventures in Flight by Pablo Bernasconi
Boogs and I both loved this book! It is a clever, fun, and hilarious "biography" about a made up inventor from the 1700s. Captain Arsenio was an inventor who was obsessed with being able to fly. This book tells the story of his determination to invent the perfect flying machine. His attempts were humorous and always had disastrous results. He almost always needed medical attention after his machines failed. Boogs really liked Captain Arsenio's Motocanaray - woolen lines were tied to a flock of canaries to achieve flight. Boogs laughed the most while reading about the Hamstertronic - a hamster-in-a-wheel powered flight machine. The hamster parachuted to safety while Captain Arsenio was overcome by gravity. The Captain never gave up, his journal was filled with many plans and designs of flying machines. We read this book several times during the past couple of weeks. Boogs, Daddy, and I have been having our own interest in flying lately. I went tandem skydiving a few weeks ago and Boogs & Daddy went indoor skydiving last week. We all understand how Captain Arsenio became obsessed with flying.
In the Laptop lunchbox: pb&j Captain Arsenio flying with the Motocanary machine, cheese canaries, Zbar tree trunk which the Captain ran into, hamster parachuting from the Hamsteronic drawn on marshmallows, salad with red & yellow pepper flames for the fires caused by the Captain's inventions, applesauce, and yogurt.

If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen
When Boogs saw this book on his Scholastic book order form, he knew he wanted to own it. One of Boogs' favorite books of all time is Chris Van Dusen's If I Built A Car. This book was just as much fun. As the book begins, Jack is sitting outside drawing sketches of houses. He then announces to his mother what he would build if he could design his own house. Jack has a wildly inventive imagination and uses it to include a fully automatic kitchen, a living room with trampolines & ball pit, a 200 ft tall tower bedroom, a super-duper art room, a flying (anti-gravity) room, an underwater room, and many other fantastic room ideas. Boogs and I decided that we should design our own houses with unusual rooms. So we got out some paper and started drawing. Boogs included a place to play laser tag, indoor skydiving chamber, underground creature room, and tunnels. He has not quite finished drawing his plans. I can't wait to see what else he adds to his house plan.

In the ELB lunchbox: ham & cheese house sandwich, Cheetos, celery with cream cheese, strawberries, veggies, and yogurt.

Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog by Jon Agee
Mr. Putney has very unusual animal friends. This book invites you to see if you can guess each friend's named based on a simple question. For example: Who wakes Mr. Putney up in the morning? Answer: an alarmadillo. There are 20 different animals with unusually descriptive names. Boogs favorites were the alarmadillo and the socktopus. Boogs and I had fun tying to guess what each animal's name would be. After we finished reading this book, I asked Boogs if he could make up any unusual animal names. Boogs came up with a hamstair to answer his question, "What do you climb up to the treehouse on?"

In the lunchbox: bologna & cheese socktopus sandwich, alarmadillo drawn on marshmallow, green licorice boa constructor with BOA crackers, blueberries, and salad.

This week, Boogs had to stay home from school one day due to strep throat and his school had their Thanksgiving Feast lunch on Friday. So, we only had three story themed lunches this week.

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. All three of the books sound perfect for my son. Thank you for sharing this on Kidlitbloghop.

    1. We really enjoyed the inventiveness in each of these books.

  2. Keitha, you have to compile these into an book and get them published. I know it would take a great deal of effort getting all the books to agree to it, but seriously, I would buy that book, just to see them all in one place. LOL, thanks so much for your incredibly inspired lunches and for joining us again on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    1. I have thought about it. If you want to see the full collection of over 400 story themed lunches, go to my "My Story Themed Lunches" pinterest board.

  3. The Story themed lunches book would be a big hit :) Very cute idea! Nice work mama :)

  4. I always love to see what books you are reading and your amazing lunches! Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  5. Fantastic meals! We've done one or two, and now we're inspired to make lunchtime more fun again.