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The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch (Picture Books)

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Every day, Mr Grinling the lighthouse keeper cleans & polishes his light to make sure it shines brightly at night. At lunchtime he tucks into a delicious lunch, prepared by his wife. But Mr Grinling isn't the only one who enjoys it. Can Mrs Grinling stop the greedy seagulls stealing the lighthouse keeper's lunch?
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 15th 1994 by Scholastic Hippo (first published January 1st 1977)
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Joseph Sachs
Sep 25, 2014 Joseph Sachs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the cover states this is a modern classic. The bold and colourful illustrations take me right back to my childhood, and will put a smile on any child's face.
Mr. Grinling, the lighthouse keeper is a dedicated man. He spends his life tending the lighthouse. His wife, Mrs. Grinling is just as dedicated. It could be argued that gender stereotypes are reinforced in this story, as it seems that Mrs. Grinling's role is to provide lunch for her husband and nothing more. Given this, she does seem to e
Donna Mcaleese
A beautiful series of books. We focused on the original named above, the plot is simple but unique, humorous and effective. Every day, Mr Grinling the lighthouse keeper cleans and polishes his light to make sure it shines brightly at night. And every lunchtime, he tucks into a delicious and well-deserved packed lunch, lovingly prepared by his wife. But Mr Grinling isn’t the only one who enjoys the tasty food. He encounters some very greedy seagulls who devour Mrs Grinling's homemade treats. It i ...more
Althea Short
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch is all about a man who (obviously) runs a lighthouse. Every morning he sails to the lighthouse for the day. At lunchtime his wife sends his lunch across to him in a basket that hangs from a wire. Unfortunately for the lighthouse keeper, seagulls have cottoned on to this routine and frequently intercept the basket and eat all of his lunch before it gets to him! Understandably this frustrates the lighthouse keeper who decides to try various tricks to stop the seagulls ...more
Alexandra Hammerton
May 13, 2015 Alexandra Hammerton rated it liked it
A sweet book, that is easy to read. I read it to reception, they engaged with the book and found parts very funny.

The book is about a Lighthouse keeper who lives with his life in a cottage from the cliffs across from the lighthouse. He diligently care for the lighthouse light and his life sends him the most delicious lunches everyday. One day some seagulls discover the lunch that is sent from his wife to the lighthouse and eat the whole lot. Both husband and wife work together to stop the seag
Nov 18, 2007 Toshio rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-for-fun
It's hard not to like a story with mustard sandwiches.
Rebecca Needham
Dec 16, 2013 Rebecca Needham rated it really liked it
Mr Grinling, ‘a most industrious lighthouse keeper,’ keeps the lamp in his lighthouse polished and shining bright ‘come rain or shine.’ To make sure he keeps his strength up, Mrs Grinling packs him a delicious lunch into a basket every day and sends it along a cable to the lighthouse. Unfortunately, a trio of pesky seagulls beat Mr Grinling to his lunch, time after time, despite Mrs Grinling’s best efforts to thwart them. Hamish the cat is particularly disturbed to discover that one of her ‘inge ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it
It's interesting how books have all kinds of subtle indications of whether they are British or American, even if they are very simple picture books. After reading two very American books, I quickly realised this one was British. Sometimes it's the language - the ducks in the previous book 'molt' rather than 'moult'. The lighthouse keeper eats crisps rather than chips. But also it's the humour - the tone. A huge generalisation, of course, but there is something quite earnest about American kids' ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Tara rated it really liked it
The Lighthouse Keeper
This book is about a great lighthouse keeper who wants his lunch! Mr Grinling lives across from his lighthouse with his wife Mrs Grinling. Everyday Mrs Grinling would send a basket of food along a wire from the little white cottage to the lighthouse but this was not always successful as a group of seagulls are hungry and have their eye on Mr Grinling’s food. This means the Grinling’s have to concoct a plan!
This book is a brilliant way to link to History and Geography.
Steph Bowe
Jul 26, 2015 Steph Bowe rated it it was amazing
What I remember really loving about this book - loving to the point the book fell apart - was probably the food. The wife of the lighthouse keeper sends her husband his lunch by a flying fox-type contraption every day, and seagulls eat it before it can reach him. Those little drawings of the lighthouse keeper's sandwiches were my favourite part. I can't even remember how or even whether they outsmart the seagulls, but gosh I like a packed lunch.
Helena Spiteri
Jun 01, 2013 Helena Spiteri rated it really liked it
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch is one of a series of books about Mr Grindling who busily attends to his lighthouse come rain or shine. Each day Mrs Grindling prepares her husband a delicious lunch and sends it out from the kitchen window of their pretty, white, cliff-top cottage and along a cable system to reach Mr Grindling in his lighthouse. But one day a flock of seagulls catch on to the daily routine and day after day they eat up the tasty lunch. Mrs Grindling comes up with various plans to d ...more
Francesca Tomassi
Jul 01, 2013 Francesca Tomassi rated it liked it
This was a really lovely read, with witty illustrations.

It is about a lighthouse keeper who is very fond of his lunch. However unfortunately so are the seagulls! Everyday his wife prepares his lunch in their house on the coast and sends it down the rope that is connected from the house to the top of the lighthouse. So the lighthouse keeper can eat his lunch at work. However not much of his lunch actually makes it to him as the greedy seagulls eat it while it is making its way down the rope! The
Chris Mills
May 12, 2013 Chris Mills rated it liked it
Mr Grinling, the hard-working lighthouse keeper, attends to his duties no matter what. His loving wife sends out a delicious lunch from their cliff top cottage everyday on a rope, but one day the lighthouse keeper becomes most displeased when a flock of seagulls invade his lunch basket. Mr Grinling concocts the plan to make the lunch consist of a less than appetising loaf of mustard sandwiches, a scheme that sees the gulls seek food elsewhere, leaving the lighthouse keeper to feast again on his ...more
Corinne Campbell
Oct 11, 2011 Corinne Campbell rated it really liked it
The lighthouse keeper's wife always makes her husband an elaborate and delicious lunch which she sends to him in a basket that travels along a cable from their cottage to his lighthouse. One day seagulls discover and develop a taste for the lunch. Every day the seagulls steal the lunch so the lighthouse keeper and his wife try several ingenious and amusing plans to prevent them stealing it in future. I love to share this story with it's amusing illustration with children. However, the gender ste ...more
Kate Sarkar
May 22, 2013 Kate Sarkar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr Grinling the Lighthouse Keeper works hard maintaining the lighthouse, but what he enjoys the most in his day is the delicious basket of goodies Mrs Grinling sends to him in a basket on a wire from their little white cottage on the cliff. He is not the only one enjoying it though, the pesky seagulls notice the daily basket of food and soon begin diving at it and stealing the contents. They get more than they bargained for one day however, as a clever Mrs Grinling sneaks Hamish the cat into the ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Sigourney rated it really liked it
My favourite childhood stories never lose their magic; had a quick re-read of this whilst the year seven group I had completed storyboards.
My two year old is walking around going "lackaday! lackaday!" with a big grin on his face. Also, the lunch spread makes me want to go and eat cakes.
Aug 27, 2013 Kyrie rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I liked the thoughts of the seagull's and the various ways the lighthouse keeper's wife to thwart them.
Nov 22, 2012 Alanna rated it it was amazing
A favourite from my own childhood that I just had to buy for my own children.
Annabel Sharp
Jul 04, 2013 Annabel Sharp rated it it was amazing
I love This book , it is one of my favorite children's books :)
Sep 17, 2012 Bronwyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teachers, parents
Recommended to Bronwyn by: Mum
My Mum does the best ever seagull voices
Dec 15, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this one to young children.
Sep 28, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
one of my faves as a kid. Really funny!
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