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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
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...more
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
Toshio
It's hard not to like a story with mustard sandwiches.
Rebecca Needham
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
Gail
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
Helena Spiteri
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
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...more
Chris Mills
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
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
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
Kyrie
I liked the thoughts of the seagull's and the various ways the lighthouse keeper's wife to thwart them.
Alanna
A favourite from my own childhood that I just had to buy for my own children.
Annabel Sharp
I love This book , it is one of my favorite children's books :)
Bronwyn
Sep 17, 2012 Bronwyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teachers, parents
Recommended to Bronwyn by: Mum
My Mum does the best ever seagull voices
Linda
Loved reading this one to young children.
Becky
one of my faves as a kid. Really funny!
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