Lunchbox discussion guide



Author: Chris Butterworth

Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti

Publisher: Walker Books

Suggested Year Group: Three


This title offers a look at some everyday foods - bread, cheese, tomatoes, fruit - addressing where they come from and the processes that bring them from the field, the cow, the your lunchbox! Who made the bread for your sandwich? What about the cheese inside? Who picked the fruit? And where did the chocolate in your biscuit come from? Just how did all that delicious food get into your lunchbox? This stylish and funny book takes the reader on a tasty journey to find answers to all these questions and more, from farms, orchards and factories and right across the world.

Rationale for Selection

This is a fun and informative look at food and food production. It provides clear, engaging explanations about where food comes from and provides excellent cross curricular links with science. It is very good for discussing the way information is presented to make it more interesting.  

Points for Discussion:

  • Do you bring a packed lunch to school?
    • If so, what is in it?
    • Write a list and discuss what you know about how it came to be in your lunchbox. You could bring in an example lunchbox with a variety of items.
  • Spend some time looking at the way the book is set out and responding to the style of illustration.  
    • How would the book have been different with photographs rather than paintings? 
    • Why do you think the publisher decided not to use photographs?
  • P10-11: The author uses lots of adjectives to describe different things in this book.
    • Pick out some descriptions that you think work really well?
    • Which words do you think help create really good descriptions?
    • The last paragraph on each page describes how the food tastes. How does it make you feel when you read these?
    • Do you think the author is trying to make you want to eat the food?
    • Which words are best at tempting your taste buds?
  • Some of the double page spreads have numbered sections.
    • Why do you think the author has used these to explain some of the foods and not others?
  • Can you think of any ways the information could have been presented differently?

After Reading

  • After reading choose an item from your lunch and find out about where it came from. Decide how you would set out a double page spread. 
  • This book is called ‘Lunchbox: The Story of Your Food’. How can a non-fiction book be a story?
  • What would a book called, ’Breakfast: The Story of Your Food’ include?

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