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What You Need to Know:
• The new Lunch Lady series is a very welcome addition to the (somewhat lacking) category of graphic novel for the
   younger crowd.
• Graphic novels are a great way for a reluctant reader to have a fun and relaxing reading experience, though all
   kinds of readers will enjoy this new series.
• Kids will be as tickled by the Lunch Lady series as with the Captain Underpants series, without all the potty talk (if
   that sort of thing bothers you).
• Kids will eat this story up, especially boys, is my prediction.
• In 6/09, Lunch Lady was optioned by Universal and Amy Poehler set to star, according to the author's blog.
Sweet Series Background:
The Lunch Lady series is an inventive new graphic novel for the younger set (Reader, Jr.) It is a clever telling of what happens in the school kitchen with the lunch ladies when the students aren't looking. Apparently, the Lunch Ladies serve justice while they are serving sloppy joes! The lunch ladies have lots of evil plots to foil. The humor is very clever, lots of "Sweet Peas and Carrots!" and "Holy Guacamole!". Some of the tools Lunch Lady and her sidekick, Betty, use to fight crime are the spat-u-copter - a spatula that can help you fly, Cannoli-oculars, Spork-phone and Milk-Cam to name a few. Krosoczka has a witty way of describing the school environment and all the different characters that will have you enjoying it as well as your child, should you read it together.
Sweet Book Summary:
Lunch Lady, her sidekick Betty, and the Breakfast Bunch take their show on the road in this installment, to summer camp! Apparently, they unexpectedly show up at the same place. Lunch Lady and Betty are surprised to see Hector, Dee and Terrence hop off the bus, and hope that doesn't mean another adventure. Lunch Lady and Betty are looking forward to a relaxing summer of bug juice and fresh air.

Faster than you can say Taco-vision Night Goggles and Hamburger Headphones, there is a mystery to be solved. The lore of the swamp monster at camp has always been around, but always just an urban legend. But the first night after lights out, one of the counselors runs into the swamp monster and is slimed. Is it really a monster? Is it the disgruntled camp director who was passed over for the top job, or is it someone else? Lunch Lady and Betty, with the help of the Breakfast Bunch, will find out!

Krosoczka's eye for the hilarity in the cafeteria moves effortlessly to the camp setting. His observations and humor are spot-on. The story is filled with lots of silliness and slapstick to keep the most reluctant of readers interested. Word of caution though, if your little one is apprehensive about going to sleep away camp for the first time, don't hand this book to them until they get home!
Author: Jared J. Krosoczka Illustrator: Jared J. Krosoczka Published: 2010, 96 pages
Themes: Graphic Novel, Humor, Adventure, Mystery, Books for Boys
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (series #1), Jared J. Krosoczka
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom (series #1), Eric Wight
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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