Summer Picnic Time!

July 9th, 2011 by

It’s summer!

Perhaps I didn’t make myself clear. It’s SUM-MMMMMEERRRRR!!! (Ya gotta say it in a singsongy voice like me.)

Now is the perfect time to grab your books, a blanket, and some snacks — and have a picnic outside! Here are my suggestions for what to accompany each of my Summer Grab Bag Recommendations:

The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Miri, a lonely middle kid between two sets of twins, finally finds her other half — who lives in the past!

This was a no-brainer: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, to represent Miri and Molly (her “other half.”)

This is a recent photo of me eating lobster. Yes, I was THAT happy.

Sea City, Here We Come by Ann M. Martin
A great summer read! All of the BSC Super Specials are fun and I, a West Coaster, especially liked this one because it was set in summer on the East Coast.

A book set in Sea City definitely deserves to be in the company of delicious lobster and clam chowder!

The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Just because I read this for class doesn’t mean it wasn’t mesmerizing!

You won’t be able to put this down, so drink a banana and coconut juice smoothie to stay hydrated!

Sweet Farts by Raymond Bean
Keith is NOT happy with his new nickname “S.B.D.” (Silent But Deadly) — so he makes it his mission (and science project) to discover the cure for the common fart.

I recommend the delicious Asian dish called “stinky tofu,” but if you’re not able to get your hands on that, how about Sweet Tart candies, just like on the cover of the book?

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
A classic about Omri and his friend Little Bear… who’s a plastic toy Indian that comes to life!

Nibble on some corn on the cob while reading this classic.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
15-year-old Cammie goes to boarding school. Boarding school for spies in training, that is.

Hm, what do spies eat? Have you ever seen a spy eat? I haven’t. Okay, I’ve never met a spy, so I’ve definitely never seen a spy eat! But since they always have to be in tip-top shape and alert, how about a balanced breakfast?

Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Did you know that there’s more to this magical land than The Wizard of Oz? It’s up to Dorothy to save the day again!

Anything and everything from The Wizard of Oz Cook Book! Now I just have to get my hands on it… (It’s out of print. :()

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

It’s like Jane Eyre + Lemony Snicket + Mary Poppins + three wild children. Need I add more?

Have a lovely English tea party with crumpets and scones!

The New Girl by Francine Pascal

Find out in why newcomer Brooke Dennis is a big jerk to identical siblings Elizabeth, Jessica, and “Jennifer” Wakefield!

No specific recommendation; try something new that you’ve never eaten before!

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

What happens when you give a mouse a motorcycle? He rides it, of course!

Cheese, of course!

Alright, so what do we have here: A balanced breakfast, followed by a lunch picnic with seafood, a fruit smoothie, stinky tofu, corn, cheese, and tea in the afternoon. I’ll save the mystery recipe from Wizard of Oz for dinner, and that’ll also be something new!

What are your favorite foods from books you’re reading this summer?

— Nancy

Nancy’s favorite thing to eat while reading books is cereal. Any kind of cereal.

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