Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit

Lunch Lady, secret superhero of an elementary school cafeteria, returns in the fifth installment of her comic book adventures.  This time she's working to solve the case of the missing bake sale goodies.  Proceeds from the bake sale are to support the class field trip, and when the desserts disappear, the field trip must be canceled - unless Lunch Lady and her fearless sidekick Betty can solve the case. 

Dee, Hector and Terrence are doing their best to help solve the mystery as well, but they are impeded every step of the way by their fellow student, safety patrol officer Orson.  Who could be the culprit?  Mr. Kalowski, the janitor, who hates all the crumbs that inevitably result from bake sales?  Brenda the bus driver, who cannot stand the mess that kids with food leave on the bus?  Mrs. Calahan, who is forever lecturing about the evils of eating sweets?  Or someone else? 

Just as the kids feel like they're about to discover the perpetrator of the heinous deed, they are kidnapped and whisked off school property.  Looks like it's...Lunch Lady to the rescue!

What a fun series this is, so reader-friendly and funny, and of course there are all the fun food-related gadgets (although not quite as many in this book, disappointingly) that Lunch Lady and Betty use to solve crimes.  These books are so appealing to kids, boys and girls, and I can honestly say I have never, ever heard a kid tell me that he or she doesn't like Lunch Lady books.  Their faces light up when I pull one off the shelf at my library as a suggestion, and no one has ever turned one down (unless they've already read that particular one and are looking for a different book in the series).  They come back for more - and when they've run through this series, they often ask for other suggestions, which I love, and from there there's no stopping them.  Hooray for Lunch Lady! 

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

5. Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit

Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit (#5 in the Lunch Lady series) by Jarrett Krosoczka (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010)

Also reviewed at:
Book Aunt"The Lunch Lady books are aimed squarely at the second grade crowd and are consistently fun and funny."
Outside of a Dog: "Expect your usual batch of laughs and bamfs (an appropriate word for comic book explosions involving a monster school bus called Buszilla and a mac & cheese cannon)..."


  1. You are so good at keeping with the series you are reading. I am terrible at being that organized!

  2. Aw! Now why couldn't there have been something like this when I was a kid? This sounds like the perfect gift to give to lunch ladies :)

  3. Did you hear the NPR story today about the libraries closing down in England? I heard it and thought of you immediately!

  4. Kailana - That's sweet of you to say. I always feel so hopelessly behind! It gets to the point with some of them that I can't read quickly enough to remember much about the previous book. It all kind of blends together after a while, sad to say. Blogging helps, though - often I'll refresh my memory by reading my post on the last book of the series I've read! Although with the Lunch Lady books, that is definitely not necessary. :-)

    Ladytink - I would have loved this as a kid, too. Especially since there weren't too many female superheroes!

    VA Gal - Yes, it is so depressing. It makes me stop whining about our reduced hours and budget and things and makes me glad that we are still here, even if we're not here as many hours a week as we used to be. :-(


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