The Lunch Lady series of graphic kids’ books by Jarrett J. Krosoczka from Knopf has “TV series” written all over it (but according to his blog, Krosoczka says it’s in development for a feature film which is so cool) and given that opportunity, my son, Coleman, would be glued to the tube watching it. He’s devoured each book about a half dozen times and his face lit up just recently when I brought home the latest release. He took the book from me and finished it in one sitting and then proceeded to re-read it all over again, grinning and giggling all the while.
If you have any reluctant readers at home, this is the series for them. They’ll not only get hooked, they’ll get hysterical over the Lunch Lady’s shenanigans because she is no ordinary monitor. She combats forces of evil that threaten to wreak havoc on her school and she is no match for mortal man or Cyborg for that matter!
To date there have been three titles published with the fourth (Lunch Lady and The Summer Camp Shakedown) due out in May and I can tell you right now your child will want them all. Coleman has read the first three books which, in order of publication, are Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians, and Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta.
Editor’s Note: If you’re planning on attending the L.A. Festival of Books on April 24, you can see Krosoczka there.