SCHOOL LUNCH by True Kelley


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Age Range: 4 - 10
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A marvelously cute and clever look at school lunches features Harriet, the school cook who is tired out from trying to please all the kids, so she takes a vacation. However, things are not a vacation back at Lincoln School, where Mr. Fitz, the principal, hires one substitute chef after another. This one cooks only greasy foods, that one’s food is too rich and fattening, a third found another job and the final one was a witch who served biting cupcakes. The teachers are not any better when their turns come to cook. Throughout, the students send Harriet letters and pictures they have drawn telling her about the cooks and the awful food. But all their pleas fail to roust Harriet from her tropical paradise until a telegram arrives saying the kids are not healthy. This sends her scrambling back to the school, where she arrives in the nick of time. Kelley’s illustrations are truly a stitch—the facial expressions are right-on, and the students’ drawings of their new lunches are hysterical. Unfortunately, the cover does not do the interior justice. It’s hard to say whether this will turn readers on or off school lunches, but worth a laugh nonetheless. (Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 2005
ISBN: 0-8234-1894-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005