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

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  7,691 Ratings  ·  506 Reviews
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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Tim The Enchanter
Jul 23, 2015 Tim The Enchanter rated it did not like it
Shelves: sydney-s-reads
This is the review of my 7 year old daughter Sydney.

I did not like this book and I did not finish reading it. The book is like a comic book and there are lots of pictures but not a lot of words. I like books that have more words in them. I thinks that boys (and maybe some girls) will like this book more than me. I won't read any other books in the series.
Jenny Lu
May 29, 2012 Jenny Lu rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 17, 2013 Justin G rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2016 Peacegal rated it liked it
This very silly graphic novel is quite a bit of fun. A unique superhero battles the forces of evil in a supposedly ordinary grade school.
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 4 stars
Art: 4 stars

Fun graphic novel series for chapter book readers. Lunch Lady and her sidekick, Betty, are a secret crime-fighting duo that serve up breakfast, lunch, and justice. There is a group of three elementary school kids (two boys and one girl) who help Lunch Lady and Betty on their superhero missions. Lunch Lady's ninja skills are complemented by Betty's tech acumen. My favorite part are all the souped-up cooking utensils and food-related gadgets that Betty invents, which are
Jayme Prisbell-Hultman
Jun 12, 2012 Jayme Prisbell-Hultman rated it really liked it
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
Mrs. Corsaut's Class
Feb 03, 2016 Mrs. Corsaut's Class rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
If you like Batman and Spiderman, we think you’ll love Lunch Lady! By day, she serves lunch and by night, she secretly fights crime. In our opinion, the Lunch Lady series books are the best action packed novels to read in any grade.
There are funny characters in the series of Lunch Lady. Lunch Lady says funny things like, “Oh my! Sweet potatoes!” Betty is Lunch Lady’s sidekick! And makes silly gadgets. There is also the Breakfast Bunch. They are always involved with problems. We love these craz
Jun 11, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it
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
Sep 28, 2009 Raina rated it liked it
Shelves: j, graphicnovel
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
May 05, 2016 Mom2triplets04 rated it really liked it
What a cute graphic novel for grades 2 to 5. I picked this up because I work as a lunch lady in an elementary school so I could relate to the story. The book is told in pictures but only uses the colors yellow, black and white. It is quite comical how the main character fights off crime using kitchen utensils and I too in real life have questioned some substitutes with their odd behavior. There are other books in this series.
Feb 03, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Cute graphic novel for J readers. I love that a lunch lady is the hero of this series - fun to read!
NicoleLynn (PopCrunchBoom)
Aug 04, 2016 NicoleLynn (PopCrunchBoom) rated it really liked it
super cute graphic novel for kids :) had me laughing at all the food stuff!
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Jan 31, 2015 Emily (Obsessed Reader) rated it really liked it
So cute! Literally read it in 5 minutes. This would be perfect for kids.
Dec 07, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
1. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Awards: Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices (2010), IRA Children’s Choices, Kid’s Indie Next List “Inspired Recommendations for Kids form Indie Booksellers (2009).
Grade Level: 2-5
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute is graphic novel about a lunch lady who fights crime. She’s portrayed as a sort of spy or super hero. In this Lunch Lady graphic novel she fights a bunch of evil cyborgs with a few of the students at the school.
Shenice Martin
Dec 21, 2016 Shenice Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
Awards: None

Grade Level: 2-3

Three kids are determined to find out the lunch lady's life outside of school. When an unexpected substitute teacher shows up, the lunch lady seeks out every avenue to find out his real purpose for being there. She then finds out that the Science teacher built a cyborg to replace the most popular teacher. The lunch lady's secret life is that she is a spy and she fights crimes.

This is a great comic book that is filled with drama. It is very intriguing.
Rachel Fister
"Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute" is a good read for a graphic novel. I like that it was easy to follow along with, and a quick read. The book is humorous as well. I liked how the author came up with the idea of having the lunch lady use gadgets that would be found in a school kitchen. Such as rubber gloves, a spatula, and a hairnet. I also liked how the lunch lady would use food analogies in her vocabulary. Such as "holy guacamole! or "I'm on him like cheese on macaroni!" The illustrations ...more
Nov 03, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. is a book about three kids that are trying to save the video games that they want to buy.
The librarian lady is mean with the kids because they like video games book but the lady was trying to destroy the games.
I like this book because is about three kids that were fighting vs the other four people so they can not destroy the video games
Kelsie Groot
Dec 07, 2016 Kelsie Groot rated it it was ok
The first in a series of books, Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute is a graphic novel with only the colors yellow, gray, and black, which may seem dull but actually a very funny story for young kids to read. There are more pictures than words throughout the book, but still tells a very funny story. Kind of similar to the Captain Underpants series.
Dee Price
This was a really cute and entertaining story. These seemingly meek lunch ladies are actually super ninja, crime fighters!
Annawade Stevenson
Sep 11, 2016 Annawade Stevenson rated it it was amazing
"The Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute" was an amazing book, and I even enjoyed it as a college student. I normally do not prefer graphic novels and comics, because they can be difficult to read and you need to interpret the picture and text together. This graphic novel was so entertaining and funny, I read it in about a half hour, even though it is about 60 pages. I could easily read it again because there were many details in the illustrations that I did not catch the first time. The story ...more
Jenny Wheelbarrow
Dec 23, 2016 Jenny Wheelbarrow rated it it was amazing
This is for my little man with his review.

Graphic novel series that my 9 year old gobbles up in one sitting and is left asking for more so I am glad I already had books 2-4 on hold at the library.
Dec 04, 2016 Caroline rated it liked it
-Type of book & Literary Genre: graphic novel, fiction
-Awards: none (Choice Book Award)
-Prompts or questions:
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Dec 20, 2016 Kaitlyn rated it liked it
Nothing groundbreaking here, but it's a silly, fun time, at least. :-P
Samantha Drezek
Dec 08, 2016 Samantha Drezek rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Dhruv L
Oct 27, 2016 Dhruv L rated it really liked it
It is a really good beginning to the series. Good book
Jan 09, 2017 Tyrean rated it really liked it
Fun graphic novel for young readers!
Nicole Lamb
Oct 21, 2012 Nicole Lamb rated it really liked it
Junior Book Critique #6

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

1. Junior Book Genre: Graphic Novel

2. Brief Summary: Jarrett Krosoczka wildly portrays the tale of a cafeteria Lunch Lady that in her spare time monitors the entire school and fights crime! As the first volume of his graphic novel series Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute details the troubles that fall upon the school and a small group of students known as the Breakfast Bunch when a suspicious substitute takes o
Dec 06, 2016 Caitlyn added it
Shelves: graphic
1. At Thompson Brook School, the lunch ladies do more than serve food. They also fight crime. In this book, the lunch ladies become suspicious of a new substitute teacher. They decide to investigate and discover evil robots. The lunch ladies are able to defeat the robots and continue to serve food.
2. This book was hysterical! I found myself laughing about something on almost every page. The story line and characters were very interesting and the speech bubbles were easy to follow. I want to keep
Jun 14, 2009 Scope rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Remember when you were in school and the cafeteria was serving pizza for lunch? There was always a bit of excitement on those days. Sure, it wasn't the best pizza in the world, but it was still pizza. The allure of the food outweighed the fact that it wasn't always stellar eatin'. Such is the feeling I got while reading Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, the first installment of Jarrett J. Krosoczka's graphic novel series for young readers. What it lacks in character development, it makes up ...more
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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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Lunch Lady (10 books)
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  • Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta (Lunch Lady, #3)
  • Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown (Lunch Lady, #4)
  • Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit (Lunch Lady, #5)
  • Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco (Lunch Lady, #6)
  • Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes (Lunch Lady, #7)
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