The Lunch Witch

The Lunch Witch

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For generations and generations, the women of Grunhilda's family have stirred up trouble in a big, black pot. Grunhilda inherits her famous ancestors' recipes and cauldron, but no one believes in magic anymore. Despite the fact that Grunhilda's only useful skill is cooking up potfuls of foul brew, she finds a job listing that might suit her: lunch lady. She delights in scaring the kids until she meets a timid little girl named Madison with a big set of glasses who becomes an unlikely friend.Madison needs help at school and at home, but helping people goes against everything Grunhilda's believes in as a witch! Will this girl be able to thaw the Lunch Witch's icy heart? Or will Grunhilda turn her back on a kindred spirit?

Publisher: New York : Papercutz, c2015.
ISBN: 9781629911625
1629911623
Branch Call Number: J FIC Lucke
Characteristics: 173 pages : color illustrations

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forbesrachel Aug 07, 2017

Gr 5-8- Bad business has left the witch Grunhilda with no choice, she must find a new job. Her limited skill set leaves her with few options though, for "nobody really believes in magic anymore"[pg 13]. On her first day as lunch lady for the local elementary school, her secret gets disc... Read More »

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KateHillier Jul 14, 2015

It's hard out here for a witch in this economy and in a world that doesn't believe in magic. Grunhilda finds herself working as a lunch lady after she's deemed not scary enough for work as a fake witch(!). She meeds Madison, a girl who is not applying herself in school and asks Grunhilda for a po... Read More »


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forbesrachel Aug 07, 2017

Gr 5-8- Bad business has left the witch Grunhilda with no choice, she must find a new job. Her limited skill set leaves her with few options though, for "nobody really believes in magic anymore"[pg 13]. On her first day as lunch lady for the local elementary school, her secret gets discovered by an underachieving little girl who decides to blackmail her. Nonetheless, Grunhilda chooses to help, but her good intentions lead to trouble. Funny thing is, turning into a toad is the exact lesson Madison needs. Muted colours, irregular human designs, and brown, food-stained paper give the impression that something is a little bit off... just like a cafeteria lunch! This is quite a fitting look for a witch now serving her potions to school children. At first glance, this uncommon, yet internally consistent style may deter children accustomed to the usual fare. However, given the chance, the misadventures of this witch will have no problem pulling readers in.

*reviewed for School Library Journal

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wildct2003
May 01, 2017

Just an OK graphic novel for me.

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BWilsoned
Oct 31, 2016

It's funny and heartwarming. This is a great story about a witch who acts big and bad, but has a heart of gold (or some gooey substance). As a lunch lade, Grunhilda has fun dishing out disgusting food to the kids. When one of the kids finds out her secret and blackmails her, it's really time for Grunhilda to get cooking. Can she help Madison without incurring the wrath of other witches?

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bibliokrisp
Jul 17, 2015

So clever! A witch who can't get a job becomes...a lunch lady! And her better nature gets the best of her as she helps a student. Lots of great humor, with the facial expressions laugh out loud funny. Worth the time. For readers 8 and older.

KateHillier Jul 14, 2015

It's hard out here for a witch in this economy and in a world that doesn't believe in magic. Grunhilda finds herself working as a lunch lady after she's deemed not scary enough for work as a fake witch(!). She meeds Madison, a girl who is not applying herself in school and asks Grunhilda for a potion to make her smarter. Madison doesn't quite get what she asked for and Grunhilda angers the ancestors by working good with the family spell book.

It's a fun, offbeat, late night read (though not scary, more macabre and funny) and this witch does not mess around with how much of a witch she is but, perhaps, she's a little bit changed by the experience as much as Madison is.

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