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 potatoes, bananas, peaches, plums, pie, cake, tarts, and soft drinks. Sated, the family falls into a sleep (stupor). When rain awakens them, they pack up and drive back to town. The young bears wash and go to bed, but grandmother and grandfather, relax with a supper of fried eggs, sausages, and tea.

The menu includes hamburger on rolls, catsup, sandwiches, mashed potatoes, bananas, peaches, plums, pie, cake, tarts, and soft drinks.

Featured Image: Margaret Gordon. “And they ate until they were full,” from Wilberforce Goes on a Picnic. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1982