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)

Laurent de Brunhoff ‘s Babar Visits Another Planet (1972) begins at the start of yet another family picnic until a rocketship upsets the fun. Then Babar, Celeste, their children Pom, Flora, Arthur, cousin Alexander, and the monkey Zephir are sucked into the rocket and...
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...
Ted Hughes’ Iron Man Wrecks Picnic

Ted Hughes’ Iron Man Wrecks Picnic

It’s an ordinary picnic on a grassy mound. A family spread a cloth and unpacks “a roasted chicken, a bottle of milk, a bowl of tomatoes, a bagful of boil eggs, a dish of butter and a loaf of bread, with cheese and salt and cups.” Then the earth rumbles and quakes, a...
Wilberforce’s Eating Orgy

Wilberforce’s Eating Orgy

Picnic is the euphemism for a daylong eating orgy in Margaret 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...