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The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

(The Lighthouse Keeper)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  629 ratings  ·  62 reviews
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? ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 15th 1994 by Scholastic Hippo (first published January 1st 1977)
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Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Seagulls are the best of the thieves when it comes to stealing delicious food. What Lighthouse keeper needs to do is find a solution to get rid of the greedy birds. This book makes one dream of lunch boxes.
Sophie Crane
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has Always Been a Family Favourite everytime we got this book from the local Library.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I would like somebody to make me that kind of lunch every day. I think this book would be good for getting the children to anticipate what might happen. I like the idea of lunch going out from the cottage to the lighthouse. Another talking point that lighthouses are no longer manned, but are now automatic. A good story for a sea theme?
Rory Wise
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent whole-class read thanks to the large, captivating illustrations. An easy to follow plot, perfect for an end-of the day read to 30 tired year 3's! ...more
Every day, Mr Grinling rows out to the lighthouse to make sure everything is running smoothly and every day his wife, through the use of a rather ingenious cable system, sends him his rather lavish lunch (peach surprise and a killer sandwich among other things). That is until some well-named gulls see an opportunity for a free meal and begin to hijack the parcel.
The presentation of the illustrations are a little odd in choice - some slightly blurry close-ups and odd angles but the Hamish's expr
Jessica Jeffs
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book for KS1, lots of lovely cross curricular activities to complete within the class.
See infant projects for ideas.
Nicola Edwards
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-sea
This book is great for KS1. There are so many resources available to support lessons.
Alexandra Hammerton
May 13, 2015 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
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
Cleo Jones
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favourite childhood stories!! I have so many fond memories of my Dad reading this to me and I was forever captivated by the beautiful illustrations and the witty storyline. There are so many cross- curricular ideas to explore with this book such as vocabulary building, problem solving, healthy eating, the seaside etc.
Mr Grinling works tirelessly come wind or shine on his beloved lighthouse and his dedicated wife lovingly prepares delicious lunches for him. One day a greedy bu
Joseph Sachs
Sep 25, 2014 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
Annie Cole
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
A real hit! I love the vocabulary that the children have adopted into their vernacular: "concocted", "varmints", "industrious". The problem is real and the problem solving possibilities have no bounds. Mr Grinling needs his lunch. Whacha gonna do? My criticism falls on the outdated gender roles. Why is feeding Mr Grinling the only thing Mrs Grinling is good for? Lackaday, lackaday indeed. The seagulls are the undisputed rock stars of the show, with a popular cameo from Hamish the cat. Despite it ...more
Nov 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-for-fun
It's hard not to like a story with mustard sandwiches. ...more
Suzannah Cooper
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful, it is funny and heartwarming. Even better, the language is lovely and descriptive and has lots of alliteration so would be good to introduce the term to a class!
Andrew Davies
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This entertaining picture book about problem-solving is a great way to engage children's imaginations. Mrs Grinling tries out numerous solutions to avoid seagulls eating Mr Grinling's lunch before finding an action that succeeds: how many other solutions could children suggest that she didn't attempt? It's also an excellent way of encouraging children to persevere and keep trying rather than giving up when things don't go to plan. The first of a whole series of 'Lighthouse Keeper' books, it does ...more
Sarah Gerard
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Saw this being used during SBT1. A fantastic book to use with year 1 and/or 2. A good story which lends itself nicely to actions which make the book more memorable e.g. lighthouse, cottage etc. The story has some good language in it e.g. industrious and concocting, which can really enhance all of the children's written work. Can buy a basket and put lots of different food/ a ginger cat (Hamish) in to bring the book to life- the children really loved this when I was on placement. Something else t ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Mr Grinling works tirelessly on his precious lighthouse, whatever the weather, while his loyal wife kindly makes tasty lunches for him. One day a bunch of greedy seagull’s spot Mr Grinling’s scrumptious lunch making its way to him and decide to devour the lot! Every day since, Mr Grinling’s lunch gets swooped away by them. Leaving him both hungry and frustrated, and the gulls’ rather satisfied. Using teamwork, Mr and Mrs Grinling try different methods to make sure every bit of Mr Grinling’s lunc ...more
Emma Wiegman
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
My Review: I saw this book in use in a primary classroom this year, in a year 1 - 2 split setting. It was used for the five weeks i was there and it worked very effectively, the children loved it.

Plot: 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 throughout the text the naughty seagulls are stealing Mr Grinling
Being part of an audience that isn't intended sometimes makes books a little less enjoyable. It's not really the type of story that I would have enjoyed, and I don't think my child-self would have either. That said, it's not good or bad; it's just okay.

I like the problem-solving element, which I think ties in nicely with a lot of classroom lessons (and that's how I'm generally thinking about a lot of these books).
Clemmie Hill
A classic that never gets old. Every day Mrs Grinling makes an extravagant lunch and sends it to Mr Grinling as he works at the lighthouse. When seagulls start stealing the food, the couple must work together to find a way to sabotage them. A funny story that I'd love to use with children in a science or food technology lesson, for example, how could you protect the food from the seagulls? (materials). ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Whilst on Inclusion week at a special school, I saw this book being used in a KS3 class of children who had moderate to severe disabilities. This book was read to them and the children read along whilst copying the sign language cues. They then re-enacted the scenes with puppets and tableau, and also tasted some mustard on a cracker.
Sami Snow
This is a cute story with some Australian slang thrown in. The illustrations are a little cheesy but would be humorous for the adult reading to a child (or for an assignment).

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Kirsty Newman
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a great book with a lot of potential for different areas of learning. I experienced a teacher using this with a reception class for a whole term topic which worked really well and the children loved it.
Duncan Beckley
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Nice simple story. Could be used when exploring themes such as healthy eating, the sea side and how others live/used to live.
terri-ann marshall
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good book. 10/10
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Used in Year 1 English, the daily sequence of events are good for writing storyboards.
Stuart Plaskitt
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book in only a student from a school

Love it all much brill hope you can make books like the book was interesting and hope and give you the best
Daniel Rodd
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, humour
A fun book that is beautifully illustrated and very funny.
Alice Biggerstaff
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a fun read, with some wonderful illustrations!
Katie Beattie
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Humerus book great for talking about health diets etc
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Ronda Armitage is the author of many children’s books, including the Lighthouse Keeper series. Born in New Zealand, she lives in England.

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