Opinion

9 Fictional Families I’d Want to Eat Thanksgiving With

Two of the things that matter most in my life are family and food, which is one of the reasons why I enjoy Thanksgiving so much.

Even though the entire BookNook team has plenty to be thankful for this year, I thought it’d be fun to imagine what Thanksgiving dinner would be like with the characters from some of my favorite children’s books.

1. The Gloops (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

charliechoc-200We don’t get many specifics about what life is like at Haus Gloop, but Augustus lists “eating” as his hobby, which is a pretty big clue. Mrs. Gloop says the volume of chocolate he puts down each day made it impossible for him not to find a golden ticket, so they must have one crazy well-stocked pantry back there in Dusseldorf. Plus, you have to love a mother who stands up for her son after some merciless fat-shaming by the Oompa Loompas.

2. The Murrays (A Wrinkle in Time)

In my fantasy life, I’ve got a dedicated bunsen burner in my house for cooking stew. Bonus points for a real foodie family that whips up liverwurst sandwiches for a midnight snack.  

3. Maria’s Family (Too Many Tamales)

tamales-200The title really says it all, although there are maybe some quality control issues with things going missing in the masa. Potential hazard: chipped teeth.

4. The Weasleys (Harry Potter)

Until the movies came out, I imagined the Weasleys as Irish (they’re redheads and live in the Burren!) which means Guinness and boxties on the dinner table. Sure, you have to check your food before eating to make sure Fred and George haven’t messed with it, but that’s half the fun.

5. The Lightfoots (Tar Beach)

tarbeach-200You get to check off a lot of boxes with this family: parents who can cook, a rooftop garden, the ice cream factory down the block, and neighbors coming by with beer. On top of that, at least one of them can fly, which makes for a fun after-dinner show.

6. The Beavers (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

They’re a bit preachy, but they sure do put out a good spread. The food was apparently so good that Edmund could ghost out of the dinner party without anyone even noticing.

7. The Stouts (Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, Where the Sidewalk Ends)

OK, hear me out on this one… Yes, there is garbage everywhere. But when you look at what’s in the garbage it’s clear that this family is eating well. Candied yams and spiced hams, bacon, chicken, and beefy roasts! And is it possible that The Stouts were actually misunderstood pioneers of the home-composting movement?

8. Mickey’s Family (In The Night Kitchen)

night-kitchen-200Pro: Cake for breakfast every morning!

Con: A naked toddler has rolled around in the batter.

9. The Zamoras (The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora)

The big question here is whether you get restaurant-quality cooking at home or–if between running a small business and doing political organizing to protect the neighborhood from gentrifying developers–everyone is just too tired at the end of the day and ends up ordering pizza.


So, who would you like to eat dinner with from a children’s book?  We’d love to hear your ideas!  You can add them them to the comments section below.

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