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Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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Lunch Lady and Betty have saved the kids at Thompson Brook from evil cyborg substitutes, librarians on a rampage, video game villains, and more with the help of the Breakfast Bunch. But Lunch Lady and Betty may have bitten off more than they can chew this time. The new superintendent has fired them! Betty is working at Grease Burger and Lunch Lady is at home eating chips and watching TV! Not only that, but something weird is going on at the school. The superintendent is cutting everything and kids are forced to run on treadmills during gym. And not only that...the villains that Lunch Lady and Betty defeated are back at the school again! Will the Breakfast Bunch be able to rouse Lunch lady and Betty one last time? Or have they reached the end of all adventures? Stay tuned for one final round up.

One of my favorite types of series to read or to watch, are the ones that are a little bit campy, but full of snark, smart, and vigor. Like the classic Danger Mouse cartoons, where sound effects popped up on the screen, villains that seemed like they were close to winning, when Danger Mouse stepped in to save the day with snark smart humor. It was the type of show that the young could enjoy watching and laughing at, but the older crowd could snort and giggle along with them at some of the hidden jokes about government and everyday life. And that’s what the Lunch Lady series reminds me of. The everyday life is a bit strange and weird, but still recognizable and the sense of humor is spot on for all ages. And the humor of arts programs being cut, school lunches replaced with vending machines, are the subtle satire that parents can nod along with and understand as well. It takes a deft hand to be able to write humor like this and Jarrett is a master at it and has kept readers young and old alike entertained for ten volumes of the Lunch Lady. Where else would you find a superhero Lunch Lady that makes the strangest/best food concoctions ever, such as pepperoni pancakes?

Even more exciting to me though is that Jarrett has created characters that defy are normal expectations by being....well normal. The Breakfast Bunch and crew are well rounded characters, with faults, failures, triumphs, and everything in between. Even their “enemy,” the football star, grows up during the series and is even willing to seek help from others, in his own way of course. These are the types of characters that any young reader will be able to identify with, because they aren’t just cardboard figures that are stereotypes of people. Instead, they act like real people, which is unsurprising given that Jarrett revealed that he based them on friends (http://thejjkblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/cover-sketch-for-lunch-lady-and-cyborg.ht....) These are the types of books that I love recommending, because readers can find themselves in them with ease.

Jarrett’s illustrations may sound boring when you say they are simple black and white drawings, with yellow tinting for some color. But these illustrations are anything but boring. The characters swirl about the page with lively action and fantastical weapons, such as chicken nugget bombs (what else would you expect from a lunch lady after all.) Jarrett also makes sure that readers don’t miss the fantastic weapons, by using small arrows and captions to point to them, so that readers are clued in to what is about to be used against the ner do wells.

After ten volumes, this is the Lunch Lady and Breakfast Bunch’s last adventure for now. But I think we can imagine that they are still fighting the good fight and when the world needs them again, they will reappear. Although the book is aimed at the elementary school age crowd, there is no reason that middle school and older folks can’t enjoy the series as well. ( )
  zzshupinga | Jul 12, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385752792, Paperback)

Lunch Lady and Betty have been unceremoniously cut from the school budget, and the timing couldn't be worse—the villains from all nine of her previous adventures are worming their way back into Thompson Brook with a masterfully devious plan. Will the Breakfast Bunch still be able to count on Lunch Lady's superhero gadgets and abilities to save the school, or are they on their own? Don't miss Lunch Lady's swashbuckling finale! 

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:58:27 -0500)

Lunch Lady and Betty have been fired but the Breakfast Bunch convinces them to return and stop the school's new superindendent and her minions from carrying out an evil plan for revenge.

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