Bransom’s The River Bank Picnic in The Wind in the Willows

Bransom’s The River Bank Picnic in The Wind in the Willows

Among the numerous illustrators of I, Paul Bransom’s standout because his portrayal of the character tend to look like animals they are. This is especially evident ion the flyleaf illustration of the “The River Bank.” Others of Bransom’s are more anthropocentric, but...
Wilfred Toadflax is a Gourmand

Wilfred Toadflax is a Gourmand

Wilfred Toadflax’s surprise birthday is a picnic feast of 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 suggest from...
De Brunhoff’s Picnic on Another Planet

De Brunhoff’s Picnic on Another Planet

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...
Morse’s Moon Mice

Morse’s Moon Mice

Brian Morse’s Picnic on the Moon (1990) is a young people’s book with a serious message for world peace. 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. there is...
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...