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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
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
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Krosoczka, J.J. (2009). Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. New York: Random House Children’s Books.

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Hector, Dee, and Terrence wonder what their lunch lady really does. Little do they know that their lunch lady is a crime fighter with many gadgets that are made from her cooking utensils and food creations. However, when a substitute displays some questionable behavior, will the lunch lady be able to figure out the secret plot that is taking place, or will she
Harley Stine
This book really opened my eyes to the new world of graphic novels. I was pleasantly surprised that they were a very easy and entertaining read. The story starts off with 3 students pondering about the school lunch lady. Something seems off with her. They wonder about her personal life, speculating she is probably a crazy cat lady. The reader then finds out that the lunch lady along with her sidekick in and outside of the cafeteria, Betty, fight crime. The cafeteria utensils double as crime figh ...more
Ashley Saunders
Krosoczka, J.J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute: Lunch lady #1. New York, N.Y.: Knofp Books.

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This fantastic book answers the question that a lot of students think, "What does the lunch lady do when we leave?" Not many of those students would think their lunch lady was a crime fighting lunch lady. The three friends in this book set out on a hunt to find out exactly what their school's lunch lady does, little do they know they are in for a big surprise. This heroic l
Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, is a graphic novel about a James Bond type lunch lady. She not only uses her utensils to serve lunch, but to protect students and the school. This book is intended for ages eight to twelve. In the twenty years Mr. O'Connell has been teaching he has never called out sick, until now. Mr Pasteur comes to fill in for our alleged sick teacher, and although he starts off as a hero for our three main student characters, he does not fool Lunch Lady. I love this series ...more
Jasmyn H
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

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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.

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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.

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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
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
Bethany Mcguirk
Krosoczka, J. J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute. New York, NY: Random House Children’s Books.

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Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute is a silly story about a superhero lunch lady who fights crime and keeps her school safe. With the help of three students, this lunch lady protects the school from a cyborg takeover at the hands of an evil teacher. This graphic novel features simple text and illustrations to tell the tale and would be a good choice for struggling readers’ ind
Lenise Jones
Krosoczka, J. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute New York: Alfred A.
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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
Shannon Jacob
Krosockza, J. J. (2009). Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute . New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers.

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Not only is the book easy to read, it combines mystery and humor which will draw young readers in. The story line involves a lunch lady who doubles as an undercover agent and is trying to solve the mystery behind a suspicious substitute teacher. Meanwhile, when she is serving lunch a group of students grows curious about her life outside of the cafeteria so they decide to fo
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
Bethley Giles
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

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When it comes to Lunch Lady, there's more than meets they eye. When they're not working in the cafeteria, she and her assistant Betty are fighting crime. So when a teacher hatches a plot to replace all the teachers in the school with robots, Lunch Lady is on the case!

I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to when I first saw the cover. Though not as profound as some of the other literatu
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
Jason Roop
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the Cyborg Substitute. New York: Random House Children's Books.

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Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute is a creative and humorous graphic novel, which follows the story of a super-hero lunch lady. I must admit that I was not a big fan of this graphic novel. I believe this is due to me not being the target audience. Although I didn’t like the graphic novel, there is much for children to appreciate. Students will be intrigued by the action sequen
Amber Wilson
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute: Lunch lady #1. New York, N.Y.: Knofp Books.

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Personally, I did not like this book, but I can see where it would be interesting and exciting for students. It is about a trio of friends who are determined to find out what the lunch lady does when she does not serving lunch. They follow her one day after school and find out that she secretly fights crime. This book could be used in the classroom to help students who strugg
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
Amber Bush

Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute. New York: Random House Children's Books.

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This was an amazing graphic novel that took the mystery out of what seemed to be ordinary lunch ladies and not so ordinary substitutes. The story follows the exciting tale of who is this mysterious substitute and how does the lunch lady help save the day. I would use this book as an engaging piece to promote reading to reluctant readers. While struggling readers may think that
Christine Mccurley
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute. New York: Random House Inc.
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The lunch lady, someone that spends her days serving children food right? Wrong! We meet a lunch lady that not only serves food to students, but she also fights crime! Lunch lady and her sidekick are curious about a new substitute in the school when a teacher misses school for the first time ever! While black in white are some main colors seen in this graphic novel, they are of
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 q
Kelsi Wilkins
This graphic novel is full of excitement. Children will enjoy reading this page turner. The book was in black and white but full of life. Children will enjoy reading this book because they can relate to what the students thin of their school staff. Many students wonder about the “cafeteria lady’s” and what they are like outside of school. This is a great fiction story to get students curiosity rolling. I like how the story is told from the point of view of the students and school staff. The book ...more
Ashlyn Ryder
Krosoczka, J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute. New York: Random House Children’s Books.

The often overlooked school staff person, the lunch lady, is the star of this book as she takes on a super hero job! Young readers are sure to be entertained by this comic strip style and comical illustrations. This book is a perfect example of low fantasy with the real world school setting and the magical elements of a super hero lunch lady with super cool gadgets to tackle these out of control
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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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