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Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1 (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!
Hardcover, 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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mrs. Corsaut's Class
Feb 03, 2016 Mrs. Corsaut's Class rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jayme Prisbell-Hultman
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
Jun 11, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
NicoleLynn (PopCrunchBoom)
super cute graphic novel for kids :) had me laughing at all the food stuff!
Emily  (ObsessedReader)
So cute! Literally read it in 5 minutes. This would be perfect for kids.
Annawade Stevenson
"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
Collin Powell
The main character is a school lunch lady who is a kind of super-hero within the school. This is a funny beginning because we don’t usually think of lunch ladies as being heroes. In this story, a substitute math teacher has been brought in for Mr. O’Connell and is giving the students a ton of homework. The lunch lady is suspicious of the substitute teacher because Mr. O’Connell has never before missed a day of work. She sneaks around and tries to find out more about the substitute. She follows ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute graphic novel for J readers. I love that a lunch lady is the hero of this series - fun to read!
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute is a fun book for early chapter readers. After all, no one really knows what a Lunch Lady does when she gets off work. They are kind of a mystery. I have worked at different schools for many years and even I don't know what they do after work. Could they all be superheroes fighting crime in their off hours? Sure, why not?

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has created three highly likable characters in Hector, Terrence, and Dee, otherwise known as the Breakfast Bunch. Lunc
Patrick Kelly
The eponymous Lunch Lady of this series doesn't just serve chicken patty pizzas for lunch, she also serves heaping portions of justice! When the new substitute teacher comes off as odd to Lunch Lady, she investigates and finds that all is not as it seems. Using Batman-esque gadgets designed for fighting crime designed by her coworker, Lunch Lady flies into action to protect her school charges from imminent danger.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka writes and illustrates this fun tale, appropriate for element
May 11, 2015 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
Jarrett J. Krosoczka

(Picture Book #1 Graphic Novel)

This book was so fun to read!! I think this book would be suitable for both boys and girls to enjoy. I loved the way this graphic novel was portrayed in the colors of only yellow, black, and white! I did not feel as if the color limitations made the story any less in fact I thought the way the author using those colors made it more catching to the eye! I found the story to be neat in the way it gives lunch lad
Emma Sims
Mar 25, 2015 Emma Sims rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Subsitute written by Jarret Krosoczka is a great graphic novel for kids. I really enjoyed these series and have to say this one was my favorite. A bunch of kids while in the cafeteria for breakfast are wondering what their lunch lady's do while they're not working at school. Little do they know, these lunch lady's are crime fighting superheroes who have a cool secret layer in the school. One day a teacher who has never missed a day in his life doesn't show up to school ...more

Krosoczka, Jarret. New York: Random House. 2009.

Target Audience: Grade 3 to Grade 5

I picked this graphic novel because the title and the cover picture interested me. As a former middle school teacher I found this story comical and entertaining. The main character appears to be an average ordinary lunch lady the group of kids known as the Breakfast Brunch. But what the reader can see is behind the scene she is somewhat of a superhero making sure the school stays safe and using high t
Lindsay Rains
Krosoczka, J.J. (2009). Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. New York: Random House Children’s Books.

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Literature Circle #2

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
Nov 10, 2014 Ashley Saunders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
Krosoczka, J.J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute: Lunch lady #1. New York, N.Y.: Knofp Books.

Literature Circle 2

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
Oct 21, 2014 Jasmyn H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
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
Oct 20, 2014 Tina Andrade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
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
Oct 20, 2014 Alisha Funkhouser rated it it was ok
Shelves: libs-642
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
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
Summer Hemphill
Apr 08, 2015 Summer Hemphill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
Jarret Krosocza's graphic novel, Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute was action pact, humorous and engaging!

In the book, readers follow three children as they join an abnormal lunch lady and her assistant in mysterious and action filled adventures around their school. From suction cups made of rubber gloves to chicken nugget bombs, Krosocza went the extra mile to ensure that his readers were engaged and able to indulge themselves into the story.

I believe that this book would be best adopted in
Jul 11, 2014 Lynley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2014 Bethany Mcguirk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
Krosoczka, J. J. (2009). Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute. New York, NY: Random House Children’s Books.

Lit Circle 2

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
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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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