Michael Bond’s Paddington at the Sea-Side (1975)

Michael Bond’s Paddington at the Sea-Side (1975)

Paddington at the Seaside begins: “Today,” said Mr. Brown at breakfast one bright, summer morning, “feels like the kind of day for taking a young bear to the sea-side. Hands up all those who agree.” So, the Browns pack up the motorcar and drive...
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...
Laurent de Brunhoff’s Babar Visits Another Planet (1972)

Laurent de Brunhoff’s Babar Visits Another Planet (1972)

Babar, Celeste, and their children-Pom. Flora, Alexander, Cousin Arthur, Zephir picnic on a beautiful day in the country. They sit beside a blue and white checkered blanket on the grass surrounded by palms. On the blanket are bananas, a sandwich, and a plate with red...
Brian Morse’s Picnic on the Moon (1990)

Brian Morse’s Picnic on the Moon (1990)

Brian Morse’s Picnic on the Moon (1990) is a young people’s book with a serious world peace message. It’s Morse’s notion that while Earthlings picnic on the Moon, they overlook its hidden inhabitants who live in peace surrounded by lunar tranquility. Gace and humor...

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,...
Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden (1911)

Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden (1911)

The real secret of The Secret Garden is that with enough picnics and plenty of food, any youth will be happy. Burnett’s The Secret Garden picnics occur in a derelict walled garden where Colin Craven, a fearful, make-believe invalid, and his cousin, Mary Lennox,...
Margaret Gordon’s Wilberforce Goes on a Picnic (1982)

Margaret Gordon’s Wilberforce Goes on a Picnic (1982)

Picnic is the euphemism for a daylong eating orgy in Gordon’s Wilberforce Goes on a Picnic (1982). It’s the story of obese bears and a goat, who collectively devour mounds of hamburgers on rolls, sandwiches, a jar of catsup, a bowl heaped with mashed potatoes,...
Winnie-the-Pooh’s “Expotition to the North Pole” (1926)

Winnie-the-Pooh’s “Expotition to the North Pole” (1926)

When Christopher Robin  organizes an “Expotition” to the North Pole, their gear for Pooh, Rabbit, Kanga, and Piglet includes “Provisions” or things to eat. What these things are is never divulged but whatever it’s a picnic lunch. The chosen place is “ a level...