E H Shepherds sketch of Winnie the Pooh looking thoughtful as he stands in front of a line of honey pots

Themed book list: Food

  • Theme: Food
  • Published: 21 Feb 2020
Explore food, drink and eating in children's literature through Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Famous Five, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many more.

Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen

Pages 13-14 of Billy and the Beast. The left hand page shows a large green monster holding a fat ginger cat above a cauldron. The opposite pages show Billy, wearing a yellow top and red headband, thinking, pulling a pen from her hair and then drawing on a piece of paper. The image below these shows the beast lifting Billy with one hand.

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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler: original artworks and printed edition

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler original artworks and printed edition

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Matilda by Roald Dahl: manuscript and typescript drafts

Roald Dahl's handwritten draft of Matilda. It is written on yellow paper.

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Matilda by Roald Dahl: Quentin Blake's sketches and original artwork

Black and white sketch. Using only one hand Trunchball, who is standing, is lifting a small child off the ground, she is holding the child at her shoulder height.

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The BFG by Roald Dahl: Quentin Blake's sketches and original artwork

Sketch by Quentin Blake. The BFG looks like he has jumped off the floor. He holds a bottle in his hand. He is smiling. Sophie looks tiny as she stands on the floor in front of him watching.

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The BFG by Roald Dahl: pages from the Ideas Book and manuscript drafts

A page from the draft of The BFG. Handwritten by Roald Dahl in English on yellow paper.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr: sketches and original artwork

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr sketches and original artwork

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: manuscript drafts and Roald Dahl's chocolate wrapper ball

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory manuscript drafts and Roald Dahl's chocolate wrapper ball

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Paddington Bear series by Michael Bond: original artworks by Peggy Fortnum

An illustrtaion of Paddington Bear. He is wearing a brown hat, blue coat and red scarf. In one paw he carries his over-full suitcase which has his initials 'P B' written on it. In the other paw he holds an open, dripping jar of marmalade.

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Famous Five books by Enid Blyton: manuscript notes and typescript drafts

Famous Five books by Enid Blyton: manuscript notes and typescript drafts

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Last Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton: typescript draft

Last Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton: typescript draft

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Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor by Mervyn Peake: early draft manuscript with original artworks

Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor by Mervyn Peake: early draft manuscript with original artworks

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Usage terms © SKETCHBOOK COMPRISING COMPLETE PROTOTYPE FOR CAPTAIN SLAUGHTERBOARD, FROM THE VISUAL ARCHIVE OF MERVYN PEAKE (BRITISH LIBRARY) reprinted by permission of Peters Fraser & Dunlop (www.petersfraserdunlop.com) on behalf of the Estate of Mervyn Peake. Except as otherwise permitted by your national copyright laws this material may not be copied or distributed further.

Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne, illustrated by E H Shepard: original sketches and artworks

E H Shepherd

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Hansel and Gretel and other stories, illustrated by Kay Nielsen ('Hansel and Gretel', 'The Juniper Tree' and 'Rumpelstiltskin')

Front cover for 'Hansel and Gretel and other stories', illustrated by Kay Nielsen. White cover. The title is in gold. Also in gold a female figure in a dress, her hair streaming behind her, arms out stretched, runs towards the the spine of the book.

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Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Queen Mary's Dolls House and books

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The Wind in the Willows: Letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, Alastair (‘Mouse’) Grahame

Letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son. Double page spread. The letter describes how Toad is in prison and is made toast and cheered up by two women who work in the prison.

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The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter

Double page spread from The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The cover of Beatrix Potter's 1902 edition of The Tales of Peter Rabbit.

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'Alice's Adventures Under Ground', the original manuscript version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures Under Ground', the original manuscript version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [folio: 2r]

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The Butterfly's Ball and The Grasshopper's Feast

The Butterfly's Ball and The Grasshopper's Feast [page: front cover]

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