Author/Illustrator – Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Publisher – Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009
ISBN - 9780375846847
The Lunch Lady must discover why the librarians are being so quiet.
The characters of The Lunch Lady series are all easy for the reader to identify with, most notably the Lunch Lady herself who is a hero. The readers can easily imagine that there may be a similar 'hero' in their own midst. According to Sylvia Vardell, author of Children's Literature in Action, it is essential that the characters be easy for the reader to relate to.
Another of Ms. Vardell's evaluation criteria for children's fiction literature in general is that the plot must be believable, logical and internally consistent." (Pg. 238) With graphic novels specifically, the Lunch Lady is "appealing as a kind of handheld book with graphic and nonlinear formats that today's young people find especially appealing," meeting another of Vardells evaluation criteria. (Pg. 246)
Vardell says the setting "should be believable, and the description accurate." (Pg. 172) Any child that attends a public school can readily believe the setting of a school cafeteria.
As the Lunch Lady solves the mysteries and stops the trouble, she fulfills the fantasy criteria of a theme that "affirms that good is more powerful than evil." (Vardell, Pg 238)
Finally, the style of The Lunch Lady graphic novel series "is a fun connection between fantasy fiction and graphic interpretation," as Vardell says is typical of graphic novels for children. (Pg. 246)
"Filled with goofy puns and grayscale art with cheery yellow accents, this is a delightfully fun escapist read. " Kirkus
Vardell, Sylvia M. Childrens Literature in Action: a Librarians Guide. Libraries Unlimited, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2014.
Krosoczka, Jarrett J. “LUNCH LADY AND THE CYBORG SUBSTITUTE by Jarrett J. Krosoczka , Jarrett J. Krosoczka.” Kirkus Reviews, www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jarrett-j-krosoczka/lunch-lady-and-the-cyborg-substitute/.