Lunch Lady Series

Book review by
Teen Librarian, Common Sense Media
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Wacky graphic novel series serves justice with sloppy joes.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Good for beginning and reluctant readers. 

Positive Messages

Seeing is not always believing. You should stand up against evile and for what is fair and good. Kids should read more.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lunch Lady stands up against evil and encourages her students to do so, as well. Students Hector, Terrence, and Dee don't let Milmoe's bullying get to them - they stay positive and friendly. They help Lunch Lady thwart evil at their school.

Violence & Scariness

As an undercover spy, Lunch Lady is always stopping bad guys in their tracks -- which includes employing some exaggerated, cartoony violence. The violence seems to become more of the story as the books progress, but it always stays cartoony and off the wall. Also, main kid characters, Hector, Terrence, and Dee are somewhat bullied by class bully Milmoe.


Taunting of main characters by class bully.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Lunch Lady series is about a school Lunch Lady who's actually an undercover spy. She solves crimes at Thompson Brook School while also serving lunch to students who have no idea of her alter ego. There's minor violence in these very funny comic books, but it all stays very exaggerated and cartoony. The Lunch Lady is an admirable and surprising hero.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byReadinMamma February 15, 2011

Things were going great until the new book came out

We have read several books in the series and really enjoyed them.. UNTIL we read the recent release: Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown (2010). I was ve... Continue reading
Adult Written byburnsrunner April 7, 2010
My daughter and I are just getting into the comic style, and this looks right up our alley. It looks as though it would be a good book for Tween and under.
Curr... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 23, 2011

A fun and adventurous book!

This is kind of funny, yet the art isn't very great. The story and adventure is great, though, except it's always the same storyline in every book.
Kid, 8 years old July 16, 2011

What's the story?

The Lunch Lady is an undercover spy at Thompson Brook School solving crimes and serving lunch to students who have no idea of her alter ego. Along with her fellow lunch lady, Betty, and the Breakfast Bunch -- students Hector, Terrence, and Dee -- Lunch Lady foils the criminal and saves the day every time. Whether it be a robot masquerading as a substitute teacher, an author who has been hypnotized, or an evil league of librarians, Lunch Lady uses her brains and technological gadgets to put things back to right.

Is it any good?


The extreme cartoony nature of these illustrations are a good fit for these outrageous and funny stories.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bullying. Milmoe bullies main characters Moe, Terrence, and Dee.  How do they respond to his taunts? Do you think they did the right thing?

  • The Lunch Lady has an alter ego that most of her students know nothing about.  Have you ever seen a school teacher or your lunch lady outside of school hours? What are some of your favorite alter egos in books or movies? Why do most superheroes have them?

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