Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Lunch Lady Series #1)

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Lunch Lady Series #1)

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka


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From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Serving justice . . . and lunch!

Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn’t dishing out the daily special? Where does she live? Does she have a lot of cats at home? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn’t just serve sloppy joes—she serves justice! Whatever danger lies ahead, it’s no match for LUNCH LADY!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375846830
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Series: Lunch Lady Series , #1
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 36,588
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: GN240L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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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Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
spamomma More than 1 year ago
This series is a kid-favorite! The library always has a waiting list and kids pour through it ravenously! I wouldnt call it educational - but it does get them reading and engaged in a book... it also helps them understand the sequence of a story, character development, and setting..... so in the end, everyone wins with this book!
Vici50 More than 1 year ago
My 10 year old daughter loved this book. Fun comic book style. I liked that it poked fun at the cafeteria lady stereotype and had her kicking some bad guy booty to boot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson loved the book - he laughed at the characters, and he said that he thought it was one of the funniest books he's read in a long time. A very unlikely hero!! Love it. :)
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
LibraryBlondie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You *have* to love lunch lady (even if she fights librarians sometimes). The first of the Lunch Lady books and maybe my favorite.
a.libraryann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is the lunch lady really a super hero? Kids will love this wild and funny adventure story. Think your lunch lady is just a lunch lady? Maybe, and maybe not!
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This elementary graphic novel is the first in a new series that features superhero Lunch Lady who works in the school cafeteria until crime or devious plots against students bring her secret identity out of hiding to fight crime. In this book both The Breakfast Club and Lunch Lady discover a diabolical plot to replace all the nice teachers with nasty cyborg substitute teachers. Honestly, the plot was way out there for me and the villain's reasoning just didn't cut it. What I did like was Lunch Lady's sidekick, Betty, who was the equivalent of Bond's "Q" and worked in the boiler room making high tech devices for her out of kitchen utensils and food. The yellow and black illustrations are average and on the whole I find the book will probably be a pleasant brief diversion for kids but not anything special.
sjiwenxuan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two lunch lady who save the world. Strange. A new teacher had came and the two lunch lady think that the new teacher is strange, so the spied on the new teacher and guess what had they found out, the new teacher is a bad guys robot! So the lunch lady broked the robot and catch the bad guy. But in the jail the bad guy still have some robot left and he are having a new bad plan.
delzey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's evil afoot, and Lunch Lady is there with her trusty hair-netted sidekick Betty to thwart it. Whether its a league of librarians who plan to intercept all the new video game consoles coming in fresh off he boat, or the mild-mannered teacher who created a robot army to replace the other teachers so he can become Teacher of the Year, Lunch Lady and her never-ending arsenal of modified food service devices will be there to save the day.These graphic novels aimed at the emerging reader has just enough story to keep them moving along and plenty of action to retain the attention of the fussiest readers, but little else. They have a look and feel reminiscent of the the Babymouse series, though they lack that series more rounded characters. The trio of kids - the Breakfast Bunch - are convenient shells for explaining story elements and become useful only when they fall into danger. Lunch Lady (and Betty) should be the focus and we should know more about what makes them tick.Similarly, this series also makes a play for the Captain Underpants crowd with the wackiness of superheros but are neither as clever in their humor or as gross as they could be. We are talking about cafeteria food here, a prime area for exploration, and it feels little like an opportunity lost that crime if fought only with the utensils. Also, superheroes have backstories that explain and infuse character. Captain Underpants himself is funny because of how he becomes who he is, but with Lunch Lady the reader is supposed to accept her antics simply by virtue of lunch ladies being somewhat off.I appreciate the idea of producing more long-form comics for this age group but I feel that with kids a certain standard has to be met. I'm not suggesting that the stories can't be fun and frivolous, but that they be delivered with the same expectations that would fall to a work of fiction aimed at the same level. What makes Captain Underpants work with readers isn't that it has underpants in the title, it's that the characters are distinctly drawn, the text is clever and funny, and the story would be almost as funny without illustrations. There's a whole load of possibility in the concept of a superhero Lunch Lady but it's all lost on just-in-time gadgets and one-dimensional characters.I found that the moment I closed the book I had forgotten most of its story. The same thing happened on rereading them. There is so little to latch onto that they are as immediately forgotten as the empty calories of a celery stalk.To steal from Douglas Adams: relatively harmless.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cauliflower! Why did I wait so long to pick these up? Simple spy stories make quick, funny reads. I love all the lunch lady's gadgets!
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
The Lunch Lady turns out to be a superhero. She is discovered by some students when something is not adding up with a substitute teacher. Lunch Lady wants to know what is up. This was clever and fun. It was different and I want to know what happens in this series.
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