From School Library Journal
Grade 2-6-The lovable, heroic mad scientist is back for her second adventure, and her brain is so filled with science that she doesn't know about Valentine's Day traditions. Even with the help of Igor, her new lab assistant (actually, he is part Lab, part beagle, part shepherd, etc.), her attempts to create valentines result in disaster. Then, a real valentine card comes to life, and is "biggerized" to huge, and it takes a superhero to save the school bus full of children from the giant Cupid. Franny biggerizes herself, rides the bus like a skateboard, and saves the day. Igor turns out to be more than a useless mutt, and he and Franny set things right. Benton's cartoon illustrations and writing style will draw fans of Dav Pilkey's "Ricky Ricotta" and "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic). Fast paced and very funny, this book is likely to fly off the shelves faster than a giant Cupid shoots an arrow.Sharon R. Pearce, Chippewa Elementary School, Bensenville, IL
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Gr. 1-3. In this beginning chapter book, young mad-scientist Franny wants a lab assistant. For Valentine's Day, she gets her wish when her mother gives her Igor, a dog that is supposed to be a purebred Lab. It turns out, however, that Igor is part poodle, part Chihuahua, part beagle, part spaniel, part German shepherd, and completely incompetent. When Igor fools with one of Franny's inventions, a Valentine Poem Generator with 600-plus combinations, he accidentally sets loose a giant, 50-feet-tall, arrow-shooting cupid, and it's up to Franny to save the day. Ultimately, Igor redeems himself by coming to Franny's rescue. Hilarious cartoon drawings by the author capture the action on nearly every page. Fans of early chapter book series featuring Captain Underpants or Ricky Ricotta should find plenty to enjoy in Franny's entertaining misadventures. Ed SullivanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved