Summer Reading Challenge 2020 - Fictional food

Be careful what you are eating

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Imagine sitting at a table which magically filled up with all of your favourite meals, or swimming down a river of chocolate and being able to eat as much as you wanted.. Food in stories can be wonderful, strange or even disgusting. It doesn’t have to be on a plate or bowl. It can be all around you, like the peppermint grass in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory that you can walk on and even pull up a handful whenever you feel peckish. On the other hand, sometimes fictional food can have very strange effects when you eat it, so you do have to be a bit careful what you are eating!.. Here are some of my favourites:


In Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan, Percy, Annabeth and Grover eat the delicious Lotus Flowers but they have unusual effects.

In C S Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, the Turkish delight is so delicious it tempts Edmund to betray his family to the White Witch.

The Hogwarts feasts in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books have the best food you can imagine.

In Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you come across the chocolate river, peppermint grass and wondrous sweets such as everlasting gobstoppers.

In The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, the greedy insect eats his way through ever more fruit and then pickles, cake, lollipops and much more!


In the How to Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell, the Fat Consul eats a menu of meals such as roasted baby Puff Nadders in garlicky Dreamserpent sauce.

In Roald Dahl’s The Twits, the horrible Mrs Twit puts worms in the disgusting Mr Twits’ spaghetti.

George, the main character in Dahl’s George’s Marvelous Medicine, mixes up a fantastic potion causing his Grandma to grow right through the roof
In the Harry Potter books, Fred and George Weasley have all sorts of sweets with unfortunate consequences, like the ton tongue toffee and the skiving snack box.

What is your favourite fictional food?


Article posted 27 August 2020

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