This second installment in Jarrett Krosoczka's fun new graphic novel series about a superhero lunch lady who works in an elementary school cafeteria continues with the same goofy humor and action-packed adventure of the initial book. In this episode, a group of librarians is concocting a nefarious plot through the school's book fair, and Lunch Lady becomes suspicious because of their unusually secretive behavior. But not even she can imagine the extent to which these librarians are willing to go to achieve their goals - nor the powerful, ingenious weapon they've developed.
I particularly enjoyed the collaboration among the school's librarian, the high school library media specialist, and the the public librarian - of course when librarians come together, they can think up pretty amazing (if dastardly, in this case) things. :-)
Lunch Lady's assistant Betty is back with some cool new food-related gadgetry, such as taco-shaped night-vision goggles, but will they be a match for the librarians' dastardly weapon? The three friends from the previous book, the only kids who are aware of Lunch Lady's superhero-ness, join in the fight. I did have to shudder at the thought of books being thrown into the water in order to save the day, but I reminded myself it was only pretend, and managed to get through that part without too many shudders of horror. All in all, Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians is a fun sequel to the first book, and should have a wide appeal to elementary-age children of all kinds, particularly those who enjoy a hearty dose of laughter and excitement in their books.
Books in the Lunch Lady series:
1. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
2. Lunch Lady and League of Librarians
3. Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta
4. Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown (forthcoming spring 2010)
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians (#2 in the Lunch Lady graphic novel series) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009)
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Becky's Book Reviews: "It was fun. It was clever. And I really really liked the 'weapons' these librarians used to carry out their 'evil' plan."
Jen Robinson's Book Page: "These books are pure fun, perfect for both new readers and older reluctant readers. I would classify them as a must-purchase for elementary school libraries."
Mama Librarian: "There's plenty of POW, SMACK and WHAMMO, but also some creative plotting and fun dialogue. Lunch Lady's whimsical, food-inspired epithets add a dash of spice -- pun definitely intended."