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Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril

Review

Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril

Thompson Brook School is afflicted with zits on school picture day. No one wants to go down in school yearbook history with a face full of pimples. Fortunately, the photographer offers an airbrushing service for an extra fifteen dollars, and naturally, the kids hand over their money to save face. When a student council member barges into the school cafeteria demanding to know what food is causing pimples, Lunch Lady becomes suspicious --- she only serves healthy foods.

"LUNCH LADY AND THE PICTURE DAY PERIL is clever and funny...The book will have you laughing and cheering Lunch Lady on. It’s a great read and the creative illustrations keep your attention from beginning to the end."

Then Lunch Lady sees the photographer telling a young student that she should model and continues to watch as the photographer snaps a photo of the girl. Lunch Lady thinks there is something fishy about the photographer and discusses it with Betty, her co-worker and crime fighting friend. Betty pulls out some of her gossip magazines and finds a picture of the photographer. Now they have much more than a hunch that the photographer is a no-good swindler. She is tricking the students out of their money!

Lunch Lady isn’t going to stand for it. She wants to protect the children from the money-grabbing, evil photographer. She and Betty go on an adventure in the city to stop the villain. Once in the city, they go incognito to get into the fashion show where the photographer is working. They sure get in the thick of it as they kick, nunchuck and whisk their way into battle. Readers will have to read for themselves what happens next. Whatever you do, don’t put the book down! Readers will relish this book right down to the last page.

LUNCH LADY AND THE PICTURE DAY PERIL is clever and funny. Lunch Lady reminds me of a combination of MacGyver and Batman. There is one scene where an elevator drops down the shaft with Lunch Lady inside. She is armed with a bunch of food gadgets like fancy ketchup, a mustard grappling hook, a serving spoon crowbar and a chicken nugget bomb. In another scene, she pulls out a baguette to use as a weapon. It reminds me of when MacGyver would use a rubber band with chewing gum as a nifty weapon or as part of an explosive device.  Also, she makes exclamations like Batman, but with food humor. She shouts, “Good gravy!” or “I hear you like French culture.” 

I enjoyed reading this graphic novel. The book will have you laughing and cheering Lunch Lady on. It’s a great read and the creative illustrations keep your attention from beginning to the end. My kids saw it on my nightstand and told me to hurry up with my review so that they could read it!

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell on June 5, 2012

Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka