Monday, September 5, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book two hundred and forty-eight

For today's picture book I have a graphic novel that is outrageously funny and enormously entertaining. Best of all, there are more titles in this series to enjoy. I won't tell you anything more about this book because I don't want to give too much away.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Graphic Novel
For ages 7 to 10
Random House, 2009, 978-0-375-84683-0
   One day, during breakfast at school, Hector, Terrence, and Dee wonder what their school lunch lady does when she is not working in the school kitchen. Then Milmoe, the school bully, comes over and starts trying the shake the children down for their lunch money. Milmoe’s threats and intimidation are brought to an abrupt end when Mr. Pasteur, the new substitute teacher, turns up.
   After Mr. Pasteur leaves the lunch room, Lunch Lady and her friend Betty (who is another lunch lady) have a little chat. Lunch Lady has a feeling that something is not quite right about Mr. Pasteur and his presence in the school. Mr. O’Connell, the math teacher Mr. Pasteur is replacing, hasn’t been sick in twenty years. Why is he sick today? Also, Lunch Lady cannot help feeling that Mr. Pasteur’s name is somehow familiar.
   Soon Lunch Lady and Betty are in their secret laboratory in the Boiler Room. What no one knows is that Lunch Lady and Betty not only serve lunch at the school, they also do their best to keep the peace in their town by foiling the dastardly plans of villains.
   Betty the gadget making wiz and Lunch Lady use their spy cameras around the school to see what the teachers are up to. When Mr. Pasteur goes to the teacher’s lounge, Lunch Lady does a little snooping in his classroom, and what she finds is rather odd.
   When Mr. Pasteur leaves school that day, Lunch Lady follows him, and in her wake are Hector, Terrence and Dee, who still want to know what Lunch Lady does when she isn’t working at the school. The children have no idea that what lies ahead of them will rock their world.
   This is the first in what promises to be a hugely entertaining series of graphic novels. Readers will be amused to discover that this particular lunch lady has a very exciting secret life, and they will love the names of the secret gadgets that her sidekick Betty creates for her.
   Readers who enjoy graphic novels are sure to enjoy reading and collecting the Lunch Lady titles. 

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