Hands down, this is one of my favorite books ever. Published in 1961 by Scholastic Book Services, I read it countless times growing up and still like to breeze through this chapter book from time to time.
Sandwich, milk, fruit and cookie. That's what Charley has for lunch everyday as long as he manages to remember to take his lunchbox to school. And the day he forgets? He decides to go out. To the King Charles Hotel of course. But as he orders his fancy hotel lunch, he momentarily forgets one important thing. Food costs money. Thankfully, kind adults help smooth over an awkward situation and Charley learns about having new experiences to grow from. The story written by Margaret Hodges and the illustrations by Aliki pair up to give us a wonderful story from a different era.