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?