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Book Review

This humorous comic by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is part of the " Lunch Lady" series published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House Inc.

Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril is written for kids ages 7 to 10. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

It's picture day at school, and Hector and Terrance both have zits. They quickly realize they're not the only ones. There seems to be an acne outbreak among the members of the student body. The chic school photographer, Stefani, offers to airbrush students' photos for an extra $15 each. Lunch Lady starts to wonder if Stefani is running a scam on the kids.

Stefani approaches Candace, the student council president. She invites Candace to her studio that evening, telling the girl she can make her a star. The next day, Lunch Lady sees Candace crying. She learns Candace gave Stefani $1,000 worth of student council money to get her photos done so she could be a model. Now Stefani is nowhere to be found. Lunch Lady's assistant, Betty, discovers the school photo permission slips are all tainted with acne-inducing chemicals.

Lunch Lady goes to Stefani's abandoned studio, almost perishing in an elevator accident. She finds only the acne chemicals and a note about meeting up with a fashion mogul named Gerard. Lunch Lady and the kids learn that Gerard will be appearing in the city that night. They sneak in to his show to search for Stefani. Stefani and Gerard sick their models on Lunch Lady, who battles the fashion divas on the runway. They catch Stefani, Candace resigns as president of the student body, and the Lunch Lady's picture makes the pages of fashion magazines everywhere.

Christian Beliefs

None

Other Belief Systems

None

Authority Roles

Lunch Lady aids her students by catching the villain who stole their money. Stefani, the photographer, manipulates students and plays on their vanity so they'll give her extra money.

Profanity/Violence

None

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

None

Discussion Topics

If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:

  • How does Candace betray the trust of her fellow students?
  • Why does she use school funds for her own purposes?
  • Why is it foolish and dangerous for Candace to meet with Stefani secretly and alone?

  • How does Stefani scam the students?

  • How does she convince them, especially Candace, to give her extra money?
  • Have you ever agreed to do something because someone tried to make you feel especially good looking (or particularly unattractive)? What happened?

  • Why does Lunch Lady want to find Stefani?

  • What does Lunch Lady personally gain by hunting down Stefani?
  • What does Lunch Lady personally lose as she tries to find Stefani?
  • What is admirable about Lunch Lady?
  • What is one way that you can be like her?

Additional Comments/Notes


This review is brought to you by Focus on the Family, a donor-based ministry. Book reviews cover the content, themes and world-views of fiction books, not their literary merit, and equip parents to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children. A book's inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by Focus on the Family.

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