Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lunches January 27th - 31st

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.

The Old House by Pamela Duncan Edwards
This poor old house is run down and unloved. No one has lived in it for years. People are beginning to say it should just be knocked down. When a young family stops by to see the house, the squirrel and tree who love the house try to get the house to cheer up and stand tall. The children of the family can imagine themselves swinging from the tree, feeding the birds, and enjoying the wildflowers in the yard. The family bought the house and brought it back to its full glory. Boogs and I talked about taking care of things and not just throwing them out for new stuff. I told him stories of my grandfather's shed. I remember my grandfather repairing all sorts of things from toasters and percolator coffee pots to tractors.

In the ELB lunchbox: almond butter & jelly house, cheese stick clouds, Zbar & broccoli tree, Pringle roof shingles, and berries.

Go To Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox
Groundhog could not get to sleep. He tossed and turned and then finally decided that a walk would help him sleep. He got up had a small adventure and then went back to bed only to wake several more times during his hibernation period. His wakeful times allowed him to experience a little bit of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. He eventually fell asleep for good and was awakened by his alarm clock on February 2nd to find out if there would be six more weeks of winter. 

Boogs and I are hoping that Groundhog does not see his shadow next week. We are ready for warm Spring weather! When Boogs was younger, he used to love the Groundhog song on StarFall. You can find it HERE.

In the ELB lunchbox: boiled egg Groundhog, ham & cheese Turkey, cheese ghost, cheese pumpkin, candy Christmas ornament, berries, salad with orange peppers and radish leaves.

 Lyle at the Office by Bernard Waber
In the ELB lunchbox: Hummus chip as Krispie Krunchie Krackles cereal, pistachios, marshmallow circle graph, ham & cheese Lyle sandwich, cantaloupe, and salad.

Danny's Doodles the Jelly Bean Experiment by David A. Adler
Boogs really enjoyed reading about Danny and his friends, especially about Calvin Waffle. Calvin is a kid Scientist. He is constantly observing and setting up experiments. At the beginning of the book, Calvin has Danny load his pockets with jelly beans for an experiment. It almost drives Danny nuts because Calvin won't let Danny eat the jelly beans or tell him why he should carry them in his pockets every day for a week.  Boogs had a big laugh when he discovered why Calvin tried this experiment. Calvin's observation and theories aren't always annoying to Danny and his friends. In fact, Calvin is able to help them win the big baseball game by using his keen sense of observation to predict the opposing pitcher's fastball, curve ball, and change-up pitches.  Boogs enjoyed reading this book so much, he asked me to see if I could find the sequel for him to read.

In the Laptop Lunchbox: cheese quesadilla baseball diamond, jelly beans, marshmallow baseball, dried apricots, rice & beans, and broccoli.

The Amazing Octopus by Cindy Baker
This book was one of Boogs' reading homework assignments this week. He asked if I could use it to make a fact lunch. Boogs told me these facts were some he thought were interesting enough to possibly put in his lunch box: each arm has 240 suction cups, an octopus fills its body with water and then pushed the water out to propel itself forward at speeds up to 25 mph, it eats fish, crab, lobster, and even sharks, the biggest octopus has 6 ft long arms, the smallest is the size of a freckle, they are smart enough to figure out how to open jars, octopus ink hurts its enemies eyes, and they can regenerate a missing limb.

In the ELB lunchbox: pb&j octopus sandwich, cheese stick missing arm that needs to be regenerated, Goldfish Crackers for its food, 8 carrot tentacles in hummus, and pineapple with an octopus sticker.

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. Your octopus is amazing! What wonderful lunches!

  2. Thanks, D! Boogs suggested making the eyes have slit pupils to make it look more like a real octopus.

  3. Awesome lunches and I especially love the old house!

  4. in love with the octopus!

  5. I love these lunches, the octopus sandwich is my favourite though, it's brilliant!
    Thank you for linking up at Fun Food Friday!