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Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit (Lunch Lady #5)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  2,668 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
The Breakfast Bunch is excited for the upcoming bake sale—and the best part is that it's raising money for an awesome field trip.  But when all the snacks go missing, it's no laughing matter.  Someone is sabotaging the bake sale.  But why?

Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch are hot on the trail . . . one brownie crumb at a time.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jul 03, 2011 Kari rated it liked it
Who would have thought that their lunch lady (or gentleman) was a superhero on the side? The principal at Thompson Brook has organized a bake sale to raise funds for a field trip to a generic museum. On the day of the sale, all of the goodies go missing. In this fifth part of the series, Lunch Lady must catch the Bake Sale Bandit with the help of her sidekick Betty and the Breakfast Bunch. The premise of having a lunch lady for a superhero presents a comical, non-traditional twist to the genre. ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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Sep 01, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the fifth book in the Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. We just started reading this series this summer and our girls really like the stories. They are fun, fast reads and I love that the superheroes are women.

Our youngest really loves the Babymouse and Squish series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, so we are excited to find another fun graphic novel series.

The story was an exciting, quick read and I can see the books appealing to both boys and girls. The illustrations ar
Mar 29, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
“Jumping jelly!” Someone has stolen the goodies for the school’s bake sale! Can Lunch Lady foil this dastardly plan to spoil the fundraiser? Readers will be hanging on every “Bah!”, “BOOF!”, and crumb clue to help solve the mystery before the final school bell rings!

Jarrett Krosoczka’s Lunch Lady graphic novel series holds one of my favorite characters to root for and follow. I mean—Come on! She has the coolest toys! Armed with everything from a cookie cam to rubber glove suction cups, Lunch Lad
Jul 27, 2011 Gabi rated it really liked it
When the school field trip depends on the earnings of a school wide bake sale, it's no good when the goods go missing! Luckily, Lunch Lady is back and on the case to keep an on the Breakfast Bunch and figure out who is behind the nefarious cupcake theft. This is a great series for young readers, reluctant and voracious, with appealing black/white/gray/yellow illustrations, funny characters, and a clever story line. Exclamations like "spicy salsa!" and cool tools like the Spork Phone will have ev ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, graphic, 5603
This is book #5 in the Lunch Lady series, but the first one I’ve read. I saw it on the library shelf and picked it up randomly, but I loved it and now want to read the whole series! It’s a fun graphic novel about a friendly, superhero Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch, which is comprised of students in the school. In this book, a bake sale to raise funds for a field trip. When all the sweets are stolen, will the trip have to be cancelled? Or can Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch solve the crim ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Fiona rated it it was amazing
Lunch Lady, book 5.

For fans of Captain Underpants who suspect that their school lunch lady just might be a secret superhero.

A lot of people hate school bake sales. Can the lunch lady save the day and find the stolen goodies?
Dhruv L
Oct 27, 2016 Dhruv L rated it it was amazing
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Kevin Summers
Mar 17, 2017 Kevin Summers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades
Very entertaining for middle grades readers.
Hannah Harris
Title: Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit
Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Illustrator: assistance from Joey Weiser
Genre: Graphic novel
Theme(s): Mystery, school clubs
Opening line/sentence:
"The breakfast bunch is very excited about
the upcoming bake sale - and the best part
is that it's raising money for an awesome
field trip!"
Brief Book Summary:
The infamous Breakfast Bunch uncovers another mystery of a bake-sale thief as they investigate school suspects and faculty member's whereabouts at the time of
Mar 04, 2012 Tara rated it liked it
Shelves: eced-221
Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a book about a school that is trying to raise money for a field trip. The principal of the school comes up with the idea of a bake sale but when it comes time for teh bake sale all of the baked goods have gone missing. The Lunch lady sets off to find the theif who stole the baked goods and get them back so they can raise the money needed for the children to go on their field trip.
I wouldn't say the story was VERY well written but I
Mar 28, 2015 Heidi rated it it was amazing
This book was great! It reminded me of something I would have loved to read when I was a kid. At one point in the book one of the characters loses his glasses and is unable to see. I thought this part was really funny and relatable because without my glasses I am completely blind. I also related to the kids being annoyed by the kid on safety patrol in their class because I used to get annoyed by the kids who thought that they were important and the “best of the best”. Another way I relate to the ...more
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
Natalie Varnell
Dec 10, 2012 Natalie Varnell rated it it was ok
Genre: Graphic Novel
(referenced in text on page 116)
Summary: A principal plans a bake sale for the school so that students can raise money to attend a fun field trip. The students bake goods turn up stolen, and it’s up to the Lunch Lady to help catch the thief.
a. Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit has very appealing cartoonish illustrations and is very reader-friendly.
b. The illustrations found within Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit mirror cartoons that children may watch on Saturday mornin
Katelan Mccullum
Feb 19, 2013 Katelan Mccullum rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I read this book because I collaborated with a group of students to create a 7 day unit entiteled " Sweet to be in 4th grade." We searched for books and other resources that would relate to the overall topic. I found this book and thouht it would be great for independent reading!This graphic novel is a part of a series. Krosoczka tells the story of how the principal of the school plans a bake sale so that the students can attend a field trip. However,to their disappointment, the baked goods go m ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Nicolette rated it really liked it
Audience: This graphic novel is ideal for students in grades 3-5.

Appeal: The Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit is apart of series of books. This book, as well as the whole series, would appeal to kiddos who enjoy "comic strip" type reads. This series would connect well to intermediate grade level children because they're constantly wondering about the staff at their school! This lady fights crime and serves the students!

Application: I read how a group of 4th grade teachers used this book (seri
Dec 17, 2016 Ariana rated it liked it
Victoria Whipple
Feb 10, 2011 Victoria Whipple rated it really liked it
Shelves: tcp, comic, humor
Lunch Lady is back. After reading the first Lunch Lady, I was disappointed with the next three books. They just didn't have the same clever, cafeteria-related superhero gadgets or humor. Looking back, I think that's because they put the "breakfast bunch" in too central a role. It's Lunch Lady and Betty who are the real stars of the series, and they are back in form in this fifth installment. The "breakfast bunch" kids are still there helping alert them to skullduggery and clues; and getting in t ...more
Holly Letson
Nov 14, 2012 Holly Letson rated it really liked it
Oh how much I will hate not having any more of this series to read, but the library only had V1-3 and V5, and I finished this one yesterday, so it's on to another series next. I recommend these to everyone, as they are really funny.
There's going to be a bake sale to raise money for the field trip....or, is there? It seems that the baked goods and sweets have all been stolen. But, Lunch Lady and The Breakfast Bunch are both on the case! And, it turns out to be a bus driver that hates
Brittany Tatum
Apr 03, 2014 Brittany Tatum rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Jarrett Krosoczka's Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit is a graphic novel about a superhero lunch lady who is on a mission to discover who stole the baked goods from the school bake sale. The lunch lady and her sidekick eventually catch the bandit and save the bake sale.

I enjoyed this book, it was quite entertaining. The illustrations were colorful and it incorporated a variety of different texts and fonts to catch the reader's eye. I think that elementary-aged children would enjoy this book co
Aug 07, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
The school is raising money for a field trip but when all the baked good go missing from the Bake Sale it's up to Lunch Lady and Betty to find the culprit. There are plenty of suspects, but it all comes down to a face off with the bus driver who has some gadgets of her own which makes for an epic battle.

The volumes in this series are all linked together by 1 continuous string of story, meaning one volume makes way for another. They could be read out of order, but they are best read sequentially.
Feb 03, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it
Silly slapstick superheroics. Elementary school kids who like goofy humor will eat up this series. My only minor quibble is that some parents won't like the level of violence, which in this volume includes some actual life-threatening stuff. That seemed a little bit much for the rest of the story. Then, there's the traditional misleading cover, but at least that was really cool artwork, complete with explosion-propelled sweets.
I would give this to kids who have read Captain Underpants, but deser
The bake sale bandit was one that had a lot of mystery. This one wasn't predictable at all. I mean you have so many suspects. I truly believed the janitor did it. Then you find out who did and ou think wow that was not the person I suspected. I honestly thought wow this person is crazy well at least they are not in the right state of mind. This one I loved because of the mystery. My son would tell you in his five-year old talk. "Oh Wow it has a dinosaur!" This book was a great addition to the se ...more
Deepthi Herga
Jul 14, 2016 Deepthi Herga rated it really liked it
Shelves: snugli-books
Lunch ladies against the world! This will be a common review for all the books in the series.

This comic book series about a couple of innocent looking lunch ladies acting like James Bond and Q has fascinated my 8-year old and she is devouring the series. I can't help enjoying the books too. The stories are fairly simple, not too much to rave about, but the gadgets are interesting and so are the main ladies.

We will be reading all of the books in the series :). And did I mention how much I adore t
The Lunch Lady is back! And this time she is after the nefarious person who stole the bake sale goods from the cafeteria. Using her bag of cafeteria inspired tricks, like rubber glove suction cups, mirror broom and mac and cheese cannon, the Lunch Lady tackles with the crazed bus driver, while avoiding detection by the hall monitor, Orson. Also returning Betty and the Lunch Bunch.

This book continues the tradition of black and white illustrations with yellow highlights. Sully fun for those who l
Deanna Pesa
Mar 29, 2015 Deanna Pesa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-selection
Lunch Lady and the bake sale bandit is so funny! It's set up like a comic book and it's a lilting-gender delight. Wildly zany and so entertaining, it had my full attention the whole book. The lunch lady and Brenda the bus driver are the funniest characters and the food puns and play on words was so hilarious. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and will definitely read it in my classroom.
Kathy Ellen Davis
Feb 03, 2013 Kathy Ellen Davis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Ok, we all know I love Lunch Lady.
But did you know I also love bake sales?
I always made cupcakes for them, even when I was little.
I once made calculator buttons on cupcakes for a French project.

This book is great.
I really appreciate how the end leads into the next one a little bit, a little teaser if you will...that's cool!

Haiku Review:
Cupcakes and cookies:
What kind of person steals sweets?
Lunch Lady's on it!
How dare someone steal the goodies from a school bake sale! Who doesn't love cookies and cupcakes!? The lunch lady will find out. While it may not take long to figure out the culprit, this book is a fun read with humor, action, and of course the Lunch Lady's special gadgets for solving a mystery. You'll be entertained and perhaps wondering just what those lunch ladies are thinking when they look at you like that in line.

Aug 07, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel
I love the all the awesome gadgets and funny outbursts in these books.

"Spicy salsa!" "French fries!" "Brussel sprouts!"

Slight spoilers ahead ...

Lunch Lady. GROSS. Tasting icing left on the school floor. Don't you know about the five second rule?

Buszilla was COOOOOOOOOOOL. Even if he was evil.
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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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