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Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

(Lunch Lady #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  12,048 ratings  ·  673 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 18, 2015 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.
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
Jenny Lu
May 29, 2012 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
Justin G
Jan 17, 2013 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 29, 2016 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.
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
All I'll say is...SPORK PHONE! Great early graphic novel with boy/girl appeal. Perfect for classroom visits.
How the alliances began between the Lunch Ladies and the kids who are in on their crime-fighting secrets. Silly and fun.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Would you believe that I have never read a LUNCH LADY book? It is laugh-out-loud funny! Just the thing for kids who think that they don't like to read.
Valentina Ramirez
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this book because I love comics. I bet lots of other people like comic books too. I have many favorite parts in this book.
Jayme Prisbell-Hultman
Jun 09, 2012 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
Bhebden Hebden
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
I selected Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, based on recommendations from my school LMC director and local public librarian during the fantasy/science fiction book search. Lunch lady is superheroine who is the school lunch lady for three kids, Hector, Dee, and Terrence. The three wonder what type of life Lunch Lady and her assistant, Betty, lead outside of school and imagine a boring life with lots of cats. They devise a plan to follow Lunch Lady home to satisfy the ...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
Mrs. Corsaut's Class
Feb 03, 2016 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
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
Alexandra Ibberson
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit
This is a graphic novel about Lunch Lady who is a super-hero. She's suspicious of Mr. Pasteur, a substitute for one of the regular teachers. Three students, Hector, Terrence, and Dee wonder what the Lunch Lady does in her personal time, outside school. To spy on her, they follow her while she is pursuing Mr. Pasteur. She discovers that Mr. Pasteur is a Cyborg Substitute. The kids and Lunch Lady follow Mr. Pasteur and figure out that he has kidnapped Mr. O'Connell, the teacher he was substituting ...more
Jun 10, 2012 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 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel, j
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
Mary Ann
Hector, Dee and Terrence, three friends who make up the Breakfast Bunch, start wondering about what the Lunch Lady does when she isn't serving lunch. "I'm telling you, they probably lead very boring lives!" Dee says. Meanwhile, Lunch Lady and her faithful assistant Betty, suspect that something fishy with the new substitute. As Betty distracts him with freshly baked cookies, Lunch Lady brings her lunch-tray laptop to his room to investigate. A crazy chase ensues, with our superheroes Lunch Lady ...more
Jun 23, 2014 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.
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
So cute! Literally read it in 5 minutes. This would be perfect for kids.
Jan 26, 2016 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 rated it really liked it
super cute graphic novel for kids :) had me laughing at all the food stuff!
Lena King
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because i think that it is cool how the lunch lady came up with super cool gaits.
A cute story. I love all the lunch lady related gadgets. Recommended by a fourth grader at the Catholic school.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because I liked the part when lunch lady destroyed all the robots. I also enjoyed this book because I liked the part when Mr.Edison was captured.
Hiroko Z
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever wonder what your lunch lady does outside of school? So do Hector, Terrence and Dee. What they don’t know is when she’s not serving lunch to kids, she serves justice! When a new substitute comes to the school, Mr. Pasture, Lunch Lady and Betty, the other lunch lady are suspicious of him. Using high tech lunch devices, they search for clues to this strange teacher, and Hector, Terrence, and Dee decide to find out who Lunch Lady really is.

This book was so funny and good. I think the wa
Featured in grandma reads session.

This was our first acquaintance with the Lunch Lady, and it was very well-received! With trust Betty who invents the coolest tools ever, it is clear that they will keep the school safe and ready for class. Great chase scenes, clear descriptions of all characters and action, the format is graphic novel style.

My crew enjoyed it.

3 stars.
Mild mannered, gravy serving, Lunch Lady along with her assistant Betty are secret crime fighters. They uncover a plot to replace all the teachers in school with Cyborgs. It's up to Lunch Lady to stop the evil mad scientist behind this plot, and restore order.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it but it was too short!

Got it from my local library💓
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 4th-grade
It was action filled and fun to read.
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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 & Gazett

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