June 12, 2009 / 9:49 AM / 11 years ago

Amy Poehler sets "Lunch" date

Poehler arrives for the premiere of "Baby Mama" during the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, April 23, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Amy Poehler will star in “Lunch Lady,” a Universal feature based on a soon-to-be-launched series of children’s graphic novels written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka.

The “Lunch Lady” series, the first of which will be unveiled at the end of July by Knopf Books for Young Readers, centers on a mild-mannered school cafeteria server who secretly dishes out helpings of justice as she and her assistant investigate wrongdoings. The books also feature three kids who try to figure out her double life.

The titles include “Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians” and “Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute,” both of which are due this summer. “Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta” is scheduled to be released in December, and “Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown” is set for summer 2010.

Krosoczka is the author-illustrator of the books “Punk Farm” and “Max for President.”

Sarah Haskins, a writer and correspondent for Current TV’s “InfoMania,” and Emily Halpern, who was a writer on CBS’ “The Unit,” are penning the screen adaptation.

Longtime “Saturday Night Live” cast member Poehler stars in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” On the big screen, she starred in “Baby Mama” opposite Tina Fey and appeared in “Blades of Glory.”

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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