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

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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!
Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published June 2009)
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OMG!!! This might be the best book series EVER!! Ok they are written for children but hear me out...

The breakfast bunch has always wondered what the Lunch Lady does on her time off... does she have 100 cats, does she have a family to take care of or is she a secret agent?? well one of those ideas is close to the truth...

The Lunch Lady thwarts evil with the help of her gadget making fellow lunch lady Betty!! The boiler room is home to their secret hideout, with gadgets galore and surveillance of
Justin G
Lunch Lady is extremely hilarious. It's about three kids that find out that their lunch lady is a secret agent/spy. The kids find out that she uses food and kitchen gadgets as spy tools. For example, a banana boomerang, a spatula helicopter and taco vision goggles.

The lunch lady is on a mission to find out why the teachers who never missed a day have a substitute. The kids accidentally stumble upon it and get captured. I am not going to spoil it so I'll stop there.

I think it would have been b
Blake Jurkowski
Hector,Terrance, and dee are three best friends! And like all friends, they gossip with each other, but right now there stuck on the topic of there lunch lady. They want to find out who she is, what she does when she's not cooking and if she lives at the school or not? They follow her into a fight accidentally between the ouch lady and the crowd of siborgs! Will they win? Will they lose? Read to find out!
Jayme Prisbell
The graphic novel, Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, by Jarrett Krosoczka, is a hilarious story of a lunch lady and her assistant who equip themselves with high tech kitchen gadgets that help serve and protect the community and school they work for. This book is geared for children (male and female) ages 7-10 years old. The novel begins when Lunch Lady becomes suspicious of an absent teacher and his sinisterly odd substitute. While Lunch Lady (this is her name) and Betty (her assistant) are ...more
Jenny Lu
You can tell that author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka has a pass ion about comics and graphic novels through this book. It’s amazing that the illustrations only include the colors yellow, gray, and black, yet readers are swept away into this animated world. Because there is a lot on each page, more colors may have been more distracting to the reader. The transitions between scenes and conversations are so smooth that I literally felt like I was watching television. I could imagine it so ...more
Audience: 2nd grade - 5th grade, reluctant readers
Appeal: This is a humorous, action packed graphic novel in the vain of a Captain Underpants without the potty humor, and negative adult references. Students that like adventure that takes place with little known school figures, like a lunch lady, will enjoy this book. The lunch lady fights crime using food utensils, and food humor like "what would you like a knuckle sandwich, you bet your ketchup I am, or chicken nugget bombs". This is a series s
VERY cute graphic novel for the elementary set. I really liked the way the author took something uber-familiar (the school setting) and twisted it into something super-cool (superheroes fighting evil robots). This is true in the big picture realm (lunch lady, school setting), and at the small level (fish sticks, lunch trays, etc. all turn into crime-fighting gadgets). I also appreciated the stereotype breakdown that occurs. The girl's the one who's gonna fight all the baddies, the kid with big g ...more
Jasmyn H
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Literature Circle 2

This graphic novel follows three children, The Breakfast Bunch, and their quest to find out what the school lunch lady does in her free time. The children are shocked to find that the lunch lady is a part time crime fighter and she rescues the school from certain destruction in the form of a cyborg substitute teacher. I enjoyed this book because it was a book that was really different from a
Tina Andrade
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute. New York: Random House Children's Books.

Literature Circle Book.

An entertaining graphic novel about a lunch lady who doubles as an undercover spy, and cracks the case of the cyborg substitute with the help of her assistant, Betty. She uses a multitude of common kitchen tools that double as spy gadgets to help her save the day - some of which are quite clever and comical. When Mr. Edison fears he will not be voted Teacher of the Year, he
Alisha Funkhouser
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Literature Circle 2

Hold the pickles! There is something fishy going on and it is not the coleslaw! Lunch Lady and her sidekick Betty are more than just cafeteria ladies. They fight crime and keep the school a safe place. The Breakfast Bunch, Dee, Hector, and Terrance, wonder what the Lunch Lady does after school. They set out on a mission to find out, but little do they know that while they are trying to figure
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute: Graphic novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

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I didn't like reading comic books growing up, so I figured I wouldn't be a big fan of graphic novels. But I have to admit I liked reading this book. This is the first graphic novel I've ever read and I wouldn't mind reading more. This is one in a series of books written by Jarrett Krosoczka. The story revolves around the lunch lady and her side kick Betty who have their head qu
Abriana Chamberlain
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute is the first book in this series. The first one is about a Lunch Lady who pretty much runs the school, everyone knows exactly who she is. One day at school everyone's favorite teacher Mr. O'Connell was out sick which seemed very odd to everyone because he has never called out a day of school. Even the Lunch Lady thought it was quite odd that he was sick and needed to figure out what was going on. So she decided to investigate what was going on. The substitute ...more
As soon as we'd finished this my six year old daughter wanted the next one. Score!

It's nice to see the usual lunch lady ("canteen lady arms" etc) trope subverted. Or perhaps it's because of that old stereotype that a superhero lunch lady is funny. The food used as weapons and gadgets and the food-punny cuss words amused my daughter a lot. She isn't familiar with the American school culture -- Australian kids eat lunch outside on benches, and they don't call relief teachers 'substitutes'. The clo
Lenise Jones
Krosoczka, J. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute New York: Alfred A.
Knopf (2009).
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I really liked the comic book style of this book. I found it much more entertaining and felt the style went with the story, especially the use of highlighting in the illustrations. The pictures were mostly grey and white, with yellow as a color used as a point of emphasis. I would like to have this book in my library because it will appeal to all levels of readers. Struggling
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

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Another day, another evil plot foiled! Mr Edison is carrying out an evil plan to replace the popular teachers with busywork-wielding cyborgs, so he can get rid of his competition for the Teacher of the Year vote. Lunch Lady infiltrates Mr. Edisons’s secret lair and announces that “today’s special is a knuckle sandwich!” With the help of the kids, she defeats the Cyborgs using weapons that inc
Leigh Isley
Jun 18, 2014 Leigh Isley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle school students
This book is about two hero like cafeteria workers who are out to rid the world of trouble, especially the student and the school employees. With there high tech kitchen gadgets and brave personalities they will accomplish just about anything to rid the world of injustice and trouble. A substitute comes into the school and the Lunch Lady suspects something is "up" with him after he refuses her french toast sticks, which normally never happens. Then the adventure begins with three students on the ...more
No, it's a bird... Wait, it's a plane... Nope, it's Lunch Lady. She masquerades as a lunch lady during the day and by evening a superhero. Nothing gets by her. So, when teachers at the school she works at start getting sick and subs fill in, she knows somethings up. She knows it's up to her to save the day. Can she do it? Read to find out!

Intended Grade Level: 2nd-4th
Amanda Carpenter
Krosoczka, J.J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute: Lunch lady #1. New York, N.Y.: Knofp Books.

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This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it was going to be childish and hard to follow the scenes, but I was wrong. This book was very entertaining and easy to follow the plot. In this story, the lunch lady is not an ordinary lunch lady. She lives a secret life of fighting crime and when three of the students follow her after school they learn of her secret. My
Sarah Wilbern
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. New York: Random House Publishers House.
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This was a really cute and exciting book. This book was set up in comic book form. It would be a good book for boys to read. It was about two lunch ladies, but one in particular. One day a teacher who hadn't missed a day of work in 20 years didn't come in. The lunch lady was suspicious of this. She spied on the substitute with all of the cool gadgets the other lunch lady cre
Krosoczka, J.J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute: Lunch lady #1. New York, N.Y.: Knofp Books.

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Under the disguise of wearing a yellow, food-stained apron and touting a multi-purpose spatula while serving her famous chicken patty pizza, the Lunch Lady is not who you think she is. Besides filling student's bellies at school, she also is a sophisticated, intelligent, adventurous protagonist ridding the world of evil one villain at a time. In Book #1, t
Elaine Bearden
One of my new favorite books is Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka. It is a graphic novel about a Lunch Lady that secretly fights crime when she is not working as a lunch lady. Her assistant invents all kind of fabulous tools for her to do her work, in a lab entered through a hole behind the deep freeze. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time, especially when she used her suction-cup rubber gloves to stick to the ceiling. The character developments is fabulously cl
Wendy Nelson
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute. New York: Random House Children's Books.

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About some books, it can be said, "It is what it is." That is my reaction to Lunch Lady, which will entice reluctant readers and appeals to both genders in a way that some graphic novels do not. Do I love it? No. I have never liked graphic novels myself. But as an educator and parent, I recognize Lunch Lady's place in the world of the libra
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute: Graphic novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

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This is a graphic novel for younger kids. It is about a lunch lady who is a secret agent in her spare time (when lunch is not being served). A trio of students becomes curios about her extracurricular activities. They follow her and are led through a school saving adventure where they save their favorite teacher from a mad scientist.
I am not very interested in graphic novels.
Tim Hackbarth
The Lunch Lady series is about a super hero who is a lunch lady by day. She battles various villains in her attempt to provide a healthy lunch for the students. This is a graphic novel because it is made entirely of comic book cells. I would use this book to help students connect text with visual images in order to tell a story. I would use it as a catalyst for them to do a lunch lady adventure of their own. They could use their creativity to create a beginning, middle and end of a story. I woul ...more
genre: superhero/graphic novel

summary: Something fishy is going on with the new substitute. It's up to the lunch lady to find out. Armed with fantastical gadgets (such as the spatula-copter & lunch tray lap top) and her intense fighting skills, the lunch lady searches for the truth, beats down the bad guys, and lives to serve tater tots another day.


for kids who like: graphic novels, captain underpants

age group: age 7+ (obviously a fun read to book for younger kids as well)

Mrs. Knott
I'm a little late to the graphic novel party, but I'm glad I was finally introduced to this series!
Lunch Lady is an undercover super hero... what a disguise, who would think the lunch lady would be bringing criminals to justice?? With the other... ummm older lunch lady... as her sidekick!
In this first book, Lunch Lady needs to figure out who this new substitute is because he's looking a little suspicious!
Kids will love this graphic novel series. It's the perfect length for younger readers and th
S Collins
Oct 25, 2014 S Collins added it
Shelves: child-lit
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

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This book is about assumptions and adventure. As group of friends speculate about the home lives of their cafeteria’s lunch ladies they have to deal with a relatable experience to many students, a bully in their school. As the friends embark on their journey, they learn more about their school’s personnel and themselves in the process. I love the many topics that are address in the book and feel
Joanne Zienty
So that's what lunch ladies do when they are not serving 'walking tacos' and 'fresh baby carrots?' BAM, ZAP, KAPOW! This entertaining graphic novel, heavy on the graphics, light on the text, is a clever take on the way kids speculate about the lives of the adults they normally see only in the school environment. Plenty of laughs here as Lunch Lady and her gadget-making sidekick, Betty, solve the mystery of the ultra-demanding and far too perfect substitute teacher. Another one on the 2015 ISLMA ...more
Teresa Scherping
The kids at Thompson Brook School would never guess their lunch lady's second job. When she's not slinging sloppy joes and chicken patty pizzas, she's a secret-agent spy with her own secret lab, cool gadgets, and mysteries to solve. Mysteries like why the new math substitute is acting so strange... With the help of her top-of-the-line technology, her top-secret training, and a group of curious students, Lunch Lady can always be counted on to save the day!

I thought this was kind of cute and kind
Jasmine Ko
I've been wanting to read the Lunch Lady series for awhile now. Just love the idea of a lunch lady with superhero-like powers. Unfortunately, lunch ladies are positioned so low on the totem pole of a school family in a child's eyes because they are usually the person they blame for the "awful" cafeteria meals. The great thing about this series is that the lunch lady is far from a normal, boring person... she's a bad ass!

I love the graphics in this book. It uses minimal colors, but that doesn't m
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Jarrett J. Krosoczka used to be a goofy kid that liked to draw. Now, he is a published author/illustrator with many books to his credit. Growing up in Worcester, MA Jarrett drew relentlessly and always had a cast of characters that he wrote stories for. In 9th grade, Jarrett won a contest with The Worcester Telegram & Ga
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