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Book Review

This humorous graphic novel by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the ninth book in 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 Video Game Villain 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

Hector Munoz is running for student council president. His opponent is Christopher Milmoe, the school bully. Milmoe prints large banners and T-shirts to promote his campaign, while Hector struggles to find a campaign platform. As he watches Milmoe belittle others, he realizes he should run as "Hector the Protector." He promises to help make the school safe for all.

Hector's principal is concerned when he receives word that the new superintendent, Dr. Eliza Van Grindheimer, is paying a visit. He urges the Lunch Lady and her assistant Betty to get everything in tip-top shape. Lunch Lady notices all of the staff and students are losing their electronic devices. She investigates and discovers the school's head of technology has stolen them.

In the middle of the election debates, Hector's friend calls him away. The technology director, who only wants to create video games and is tired of fixing everyone's tech devices, has trapped Lunch Lady inside a video game. Fortunately, it is a game at which Hector is particularly skilled. He and the tech director have a video game battle. Hector saves the Lunch Lady and extracts her from the game.

Milmoe wins the election, and Dr. Van Grindheimer vows to shut down the school lunch program in favor of vending machines, leaving readers to wonder what's next for the Lunch Lady.

Christian Beliefs

None

Other Belief Systems

None

Authority Roles

Lunch Lady fights for justice and supports upstanding students such as Hector. The new superintendent implements her agenda with little investigation or concern for the workers and students impacted. The tech director steals from teachers and students and endangers Lunch Lady. The principal seems more concerned with how the school looks to others than the day-to-day activities of the people in the school.

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:

  • Why does Milmoe bully other kids?
  • Why do you think he gets elected?
  • What kind of bullying have you seen or experienced at your school?
  • What can you do to help keep yourself or others from being bullied?

  • Why does Hector leave the election debates?

  • Is this a good reason?
  • What would you have done in his place?

  • Lunch Lady fights for justice and what is right.

  • What does she win in this book?
  • What does she lose?
  • Just because you're doing the right thing, does it mean you will always win?
  • Because doing the right thing doesn't guarantee a win, why should you still do the right thing?

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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