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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 240L (What's this?)
  • Series: Lunch Lady
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375846832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375846830
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This tongue-in-cheek superheroine graphic novel will hit the spot for chapter-book readers. Lunch Lady and Betty, her assistant in both the cafeteria and her role of wrong-­righting supersleuth, investigate the strange case of an absent teacher, his creepy substitute, and a plan to grab the Teacher of the Year Award by truly foul means. Three little kids join in the action as Lunch Lady, equipped with a variety of high-tech kitchen gadgets like a spatu-copter and a lunch-tray laptop, tracks a cleverly disguised robot to his maker’s lab, where a whole army of cyborgs require kicking, stomping, and the wielding of fish-stick nunchucks. Yellow-highlighted pen-and-ink cartoons are as energetic and smile-provoking as Lunch Lady’s epithets of “Cauliflower!” and Betty’s ultimate weapon, the hairnet. There is a nice twist in the surprise ending, and the kids’ ability to stand up to the school bully shows off their newfound confidence in a credible manner. Little details invite and reward repeat readings with visual as well as verbal punning. Grades 2-4. --Francisca Goldsmith

About the Author

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the author-illustrator of Punk Farm, Punk Farm on Tour, Max for President, and Baghead. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Then, just six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored. Knopf Books for Young Readers published Good Night, Monkey Boy on June 12, 2001 and Jarrett hasn't stopped or slowed down since.

Jarrett is a two-time winner of the Children's Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and is the author and illustrator of twenty-three books including the Lunch Lady graphic novels and Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novel series. Jarrett's TED Talk on his journey from boy to artist has been viewed nearly a half-million times. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors and reading. His work was recently featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and on NPR's All Things Considered. It has also been recommended by national publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm picture book and Lunch Lady series are both currently in development as feature films. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters and their pug--Ralph Macchio.

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This book is perfect for a young reader.
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This graphic novel is hilarious and fantastic!
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My 10 year old daughter loves this series!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kate Coombs VINE VOICE on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Obviously, the very best thing about this series is that Krosoczka chose a lunch lady for his undercover superhero. That made me laugh even before I discovered related details such as weaponry. In a brief scene before the title page (comparable to the scene before the opening credits roll in a movie), we see two bank robbers being stopped by a heroic figure on a motorcycle that has a sloppy joe button. Yep, it's hard to get away when your van is sliding around on a wave of sloppy joe filling.

The child characters in the book are a trio of average kids: Hector, Terrence, and Dee. When they are bothered by the school bully, Milmoe, a new substitute teacher saves the day--but there's something very strange about the sub, and soon Lunch Lady is trying to figure out just what he's up to. She is assisted by another lunch lady named Betty, who is like James Bond's gadget guy, Q.

The kitchen humor continues with a hidden lab behind a fridge and gadgets made out of things like spatulas, not to mention weapons formed from fish sticks. One of my favorite pages is a view of the spy screens in Lunch Lady's lab, which show what the teachers are doing. For instance, we learn that "Mr. Johnson is reciting poetry" to his class. Of course, the poem he is reciting begins, "Beans, beans, good for your heart..." before trailing off to be completed by amused readers.

Considering the title, you will not be shocked to discover that the substitute turns out to be a robot. What's fun to follow is how Lunch Lady figures this out and what she does about it. Meanwhile, our intrepid trio of kids have begun to spy on her. This, of course, allows them to participate in the obligatory climactic fight scene.

Lunch Lady herself is a delightful creation.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia3 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14, 2010
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As a reading tutor I am always looking for high interest books for my students with dyslexia. This book is perfect--it's funny and has a lot of lively pictures of the cafeteria Lunch Lady saving the day, plus the words used are a good mix of mainly easy and with some challenging ones thrown in too. I have a very smart eleven year old student who can only read at the first or early second grade level and he loves this book. It takes him a long time, but not only can he read almost all of it himself, I have to take the book out of his hands at the end of our session because he is completely engrossed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on August 4, 2009
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Move over Batman. Move over Phantom. This hero lives a little closer to our kids' reality. Enter, the Lunch Lady, cook to the hungry, nutritional guardian for the addicted, and protector of Thompson Brook School!

What do you do when a substitute seems out of the ordinary, seems too eager,and too perfect? Homework from a sub alerts the kids to a situation gone amiss, and once Lunch Lady monitors everyone else, a disturbing pattern arises! Is Teacher of the Year worth that much? How does he get the $ on a teachers salary to build so many robots?

Jarrett J Krosoczka has created a marvelous book that breaks the convention that the cafeteria cook is old and crotchety. He packs this hero with a boiler room, kitchen weapons, and an assistant with an imagination that Mr Popeil never had.

I loved this book and highly recommend it to all ages.

Tim Lasiuta
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Opalacz on September 9, 2009
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My 8 year old son HATES to read. I have tried all kinds of books and authors. At wits end I saw that one of his favorite authors when he was in preschool, had come out with a graphic novel in his age range and I was hopful. He LOVED it. He did not want me to stop reading and when the first one was done, we ran out and bought the second one. My son loved the lunchlady idea and was hysterical over her gadgets. It is a good clean and fun graphic novel without the "graphic". Perfect for even my 6 year old to read. I am so happy to have finally found something my 3rd grader enjoys. Hope Krosoczka keeps the series going!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By San on November 18, 2010
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OK, so our daughter read the 4th book in the series first and was hooked! Let me start off by saying she was NOT a fan of reading before she read this book and seemed to resist reading on her own. Well, she was loving the first book she was reading so much I ordered the rest of the series. Amazon was speedy quick with delivery and she devoured this book in just one day! She is so proud and could not wait to get her hands on the next one. So glad I ordered all of them! (FYI-It does not seem to matter which order they read the books)
Big thumbs up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Meadows on June 3, 2013
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Three cheers for the wonderful lunch lady super hero series. These books are lots of fun to display & loan out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Kristin Anderson on December 23, 2011
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This new graphic novel for kids by Jarrett Krosoczka is laugh-out-loud funny and perfect for summer reading. I mean, what's not to love about a comic book that features a vigilante lunch lady as the hero? Filled with silly puns and hilarious hijinx, this work of comic genius is destined for greatness. Kids, teachers, parents, librarians, kid-lit-loving grownups and, yes, LUNCH LADIES will love this title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2013
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Our 7YO loved this book and is begging for the next one. This book has recharged her excitement for reading.
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