Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge: A  Spring Story (1980)

Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge: A Spring Story (1980)

Wilfred Toadflax’s surprise birthday is a picnic feast of cakes and pies and jellies and fruits. It’s the kind of high carb meal that makes your teeth hurt. Mr. Apple’s grace suggests that the food is local, but not as he suggests from “our...
Jacqueline Woodson’s We Had a Picnic Sunday Past  (1997)

Jacqueline Woodson’s We Had a Picnic Sunday Past (1997)

Woodson’s We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past (1997) is a joyous family gathering with mounds to eat. A feast. It’s a story about an African American family reunion picnic in an urban park. The narrator, a young girl, comes with her Grandma, who has worked all morning to...
La Compagnie De Frères De Bacchique De Pique-Nique (1649)

La Compagnie De Frères De Bacchique De Pique-Nique (1649)

When the lexicographer, Gilles Ménage, listed piquenique as a proper French word in Dictionnaire du Etymologique de la Langue Françoise (1694), he implies that the word means a genteel dining style with the peculiar aspect of each participant paying for his reckoning:...

Pippi’s Extraordinary Ordinary Day

Pippi’s Extraordinary Ordinary Day (1999) is another of those gargantuan lunches for children. Lindgren’s zany picnic makes a humorous case for gourmandism, but it’s a gastronomical trial for any but a prodigious eater. The chief picnicker is Pippi Longstocking,...
Ford Madox Ford’s “Banquet at Calanques” (1932)

Ford Madox Ford’s “Banquet at Calanques” (1932)

Banquet at Calanques” makes Ford’s life in 1932 seem picnicky. He remembered that brilliant day and the “Homeric feast” with undiminished enthusiasm. But by the time it was published in 1937, Ford was at various times ailing and depressed,...