Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Favorite Childhood Book


This week's question comes from Laura Diamond. If you missed it, she posted last week on her excellent choice! Next week, check out Danyelle's post, and the week after, our new Sisterhood sister, Deb Salisbury!

I had so much trouble coming up with a single book. There were just too many.

My choice is Margaret Hodges' What's for Lunch, Charley?

I was so bummed to find it's no longer in print and the hardcover is on sale at Amazon for almost $100!

It's a story about a boy who eats a boring lunch every day (sandwich; fruit; milk; cookie). One day, a new girl named Rosabelle Ruggles shows up. Unlike his friend Jane Lane, she has curly hair and pink nail polish. And in her lunch? A fried chicken leg, a thermos of piping hot tomato soup, a glass jar of fruit salad, a piece of layered chocolate cake, and (gasp!) a CLOTH napkin!

Later that week, he forgets his lunch and decides to eat at the super-fancy King George Hotel Restaurant instead where he orders...guess what? Fried chicken leg, tomato soup, fruit salad, and chocolate cake.

He's treated like a king. But who will pay the whopping $3.50 bill? And in the end, will it be Rosabelle or plain Jane who receives his affection?

The book is so fabulous and has some of the most memorable food scenes ever. Sigh. This was my childhood equivalent of the movie Babette's Feast.

How about you? What is your favorite childhood book?

And is there anyone out there who's read this book too?

45 comments:

Liza said...

I loved Harriet the Spy. If I recall correctly, she ate a tomato sandwich every day of her life.

Liz Fichera said...

I must have checked out THE BOXCAR CHILDREN from my school library about a million times. Loved that book (and the series).

lbdiamond said...

LOL! That's quite a gripping story! ;)

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

I would read anything that contained cute and fuzzy animals that talked!

MT said...

I've never heard of this one, but it sounds fun!
One of my favorites: The Amelia Bedelia series. :)

Bee said...

Sounds so adorable.

I loved everything Enid Blyton wrote. Everything.

Angela Felsted said...

What a great book! My childhood favorite was the Curious George book with the pump in it, all though I can't remember the name of the story anymore or even what happens. I just liked how the word pump sounded, I couldn't stop saying it, over and over and over again.

Linda Kage said...

I loved Pattington Bear. I once had a pop-out book of him and I still remember an umbrella popping out at me. Hmm. Strange memories.

By the way, I have an award for you over at my blog.

Paul S said...

I haven't heard of What's For lunch Charley ? but my favourite childhood book was The Giant Under The Snow by John Gordon.
It's set in the lead up to Christmas, so every year about this time I always look forward to digging it out and reading it again.

Meredith said...

That is the cutest sounding book ever! Poor boy. I used to love the Little House series, including all the spinoffs about her grandmother and daughter and everyone else.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Like Linda, Paddington Bear was one of my favorites, along with THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, read to me by my mother.

Of course her own tales she made up of Hibbs, the cub with no clue who grew up to be the bear with two shadows is so much my favorite that I wrote my own novel of it : THE BEAR WITH TWO SHADOWS.

Great post.

Lenny Lee! said...

hi miss lydia! i didnt ever hear of that lunch book but i think i could like it a lot. mom read so much stories when we were little i cant think which was my most favorite. i liked huck finn lots and i like those uncle remus stories and there was a cool book i liked called fraidy cat. wow its hard to pick just one.
...hugs from lenny

Carol Kilgore said...

What a great book, but I don't think I ever read it. I can't choose one favorite because I had too many.

Sondrae Bennett said...

I used to love "The Giving Tree" and when I got into reading chapter books I was obsessed with The Boxcar Children.

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Matthew Rush said...

No question: The Hobbit. But I also loved Roald Dahl's: Danny, Champion of the World.

Jai Joshi said...

I've never read this book but it sounds so cute!

I can't name a single book because I was like a tiger when I was a kid, I roamed all over. But if you were to twist my arm and force me to name a favourite childhood author then I'd say Roald Dahl. I loved everything he ever wrote except for James and the Giant Peach. That book made me squeamish.

Jai

Krista Ashe said...

As a child, I'd say that Polar Express was one of my favorites along with Popcorn by Frank Asch. Middle years, I would say BSC, not exactly literary, but le sigh!

Colene Murphy said...

sounds cute! Wow it costs so much though! Crazy.

I loved the Madeline books. She's such a little scrapper.

Heather said...

I haven't heard of this one. My favorite childhood book was The Black Stallion. After that I moved on to fantasy and never looked back!

Crimey said...

The Little Engine that Could was one of my favorites when I was a tot. Thinking about childhood brings back good times. ;)

Old Kitty said...

Awwww what a wonderful book and a great title too!! I wish I'd read it!! And now it's a priceless story. Amazing!!

Oooh my favourite childhood book? Dr Seuess' Cat in the Hat!!!!!

Take care
x

Susan Fields said...

Sorry, I haven't read that one. My all-time favorite is the first book I could read on my own (even though I probably wasn't actually reading, just had the book memorized, but I didn't know that) - Leo the Late Bloomer. Several years ago a teacher loaned my daughter (whose name is Jillian) a book called Jillian Jiggs ("Jillian Jillian Jillian Jiggs, your room looks like it's been lived in by pigs). I tried to buy that one, but it's also very hard to get and I gave up.

Krispy said...

I think my favorite childhood book was Black Beauty. Yeah, I was a horse-loving girl. Still am, just not quite as much anymore. :) I also collected the Boxcar Children series.

I wish I could get that much food for $3.50!

Rena said...

Oh, that looks like a great book. I never read that. One of my favorite picture story books as a kid was called The Sheep of the Lal Bagh by David Mark. It's about a sheep that works as the city's lawn mower and people come all over to see the beautiful designs he chews/sculpts the grass into.

Emy Shin said...

I've never read this one, but it sounds like such a cute book. :)

My favorite childhood books are the Doraemon manga series.

Talei said...

I must check this one out, $100 on amazon? Wow.

I grew up on Famous Five,Secret Seven (Enid Blyton); and The Hobbit; Trixie Belden; What Katie did next...and a plethora of others. ;)

roxy said...

This book sounds amazing! As a child, I was a big fan of The Little Princess and Heidi. My mother read them to me at night. I could hardly wait until bedtime!

Diana Mieczan said...

That sounds so cool:) I so have to check it out,
Kisses

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Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

The Hobbit and any books by Roald Dahl. I still read them now - again and again :)

Deb Salisbury said...

I've never heard of this book, but it sounds like great fun!

Patti Lacy said...

Oh, I have SO MANY favorite books that are mentioned here...so I'll mention the one that is not:

Beautiful Joe.

So classic!!!
Told through a dog's POV LONG before it was trendy!!!

Have MISSED this place!!!

Stephen Tremp said...

My favorite children's book as far back as I can remember is Are You My Mother, a story of a baby robin bird asking everything it comes across if its is its mother. Finally, the baby robin finds its mother.

Melissa said...

I've never heard of this book, unfortunately. It sounds delightful.

My favorite childhood book is Alice in Wonderland.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I have never heard of this book. It sounds lovely and I know I will love it.

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The Red Angel said...

Oh golly. All I did was read as a little munchkin...and now I have absolutely no idea how to choose my favorites!

I suppose just a few off the top of my head are the Amelia Bedelia books, Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Arthur series, Bernstein Bears, and LOTS more. =)

This book sounds sooooo yummy--A-HEM--good! I loved reading books that had lots of food in them hehe. :)

~TRA

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Jen Chandler said...

I'm sad that I've never heard of this book until now! I would have LOVED it as a kid.

My favorite book growing up (and still) was A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I still read it once a year to revisit those marvelous characters :)

Cheers!
Jen

cleemckenzie said...

Those first books are so special. They leave an indelible mark on you and you carry them with you grow up and read more widely.

Mine was Alice in Wonderland and I still have the book I received as a present when I was five. It's a treasure.

Thanks for the visit at the Write Game. See you again soon.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I loved Amelia Bedelia. Every one of them. I only got the joke half the time though because I was still trying to learn English, so I didn't realize that "sponge cake" was a real kind of cake or that you might normally "dress" a turkey w/ stuffing. I didn't get the play on words. Still, I thought she was hilarious!

Karen Lange said...

Wow, I have so many favorites! Go, Dog, Go, Stuart Little, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden...to name a few...:)

DL Hammons said...

My favorite childrens book was Bambi. It is the only book in my entire life that I've read more than once. :)

Jen Daiker said...

I have so many favorites... Pippi Longstocking, Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Goosebumps, you name it I love it.

The Words Crafter said...

I've never heard of this, but I really want some fruit salad!!!!

I read and reread Socks and Wind in the Willows. But, I have to say, for most of my elementary years, I kept Edith Hamilton's Mythology checked out of the library so much I'm surprised they didn't hide it from me!

Charli Mac said...

Never had the pleasure of reading this book! Or I don't remember it.

 
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