June Book Reviews, Part 2

The Lunch Lady Series
from Miss Sarah at Bellville

The Lunch Lady Series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a very funny and exciting comic style series.  Lunch ladies in general tend to get a bad rap, so it is nice to see a series that presents lunch ladies as awesome superheroes.  Plus it is always great to have women as superheroes too!

Children will enjoy reading the adventures of the Lunch Lady and her sidekick, Betty, whether she is saving the school from a cyborg substitute, horrifying librarians, or a vindictive author.

Hector, Terrence, and Dee, who call themselves the Breakfast Brunch, have a feeling that there is something different about their lunch lady.  They eventually find out that their Lunch Lady not only serves sloppy joes but also serves justice!

In the first book, Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, there is a new substitute teacher filling in for Mr. O’Connell who hasn’t missed a day of school for twenty years, which makes the Lunch Lady very suspicious.  The Lunch Lady has a secret lair just like any cool superhero, but hers is in the boiler room, not a batcave.  Her sidekick Betty is always inventing cool gadgets like a spatu-copter which is a spatula that flies.  The Lunch Lady also has a big screen T.V. in her hideout where she can see in all the rooms of the school.

The Lunch Lady ends up following the substitute teacher after school to see what he is up to and the Breakfast Bunch decides to follow the Lunch Lady.  The Lunch Lady finds out that the substitute is not human but a cyborg that is being controlled by the science teacher Mr. Edison so that he will be voted most popular teacher by the students of the school.  The Lunch Lady, with the help of the Breakfast Bunch, has to fight off the army of cyborg substitute teachers with chicken nuggets bombs and fish stick nunchucks.

All of the books in the series are filled with hilarious references to food.  For example, one of the lines the Lunch Lady says when she is confronting Mr. Edison is “Should I serve up some whaaamburgers and cries?!”  Also, instead of saying “darn” or “shoot” she says “cauliflower.”  The Lunch Lady also has silly sayings like “Sweet Peas and Carrots!” and “Holy Guacamole!”

Children will certainly laugh and giggle while reading any of the Lunch Lady books.  This entertaining series is high interest for reluctant readers.  I will most definitely recommend this amusing series to the second and third graders who visit the library with their classes in the fall!

Books in the Lunch Lady series:

1. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
2. Lunch Lady and League of Librarians
3. Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta
4. Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown
5. Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit

Calling all Lunch Ladies everywhere:  Check out this cool photo contest and enter to win original Lunch Lady artwork by Jarrett J. Krosoczka!

Want to know how he does it?  See Jarrett in action!

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