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Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) Hardcover – January 1, 2004

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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 Sullivan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068986292X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689862922
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Second book in this great series of adventures following one of the most interesting and well written child characters to come along in a very long time. For those already familiar with this series having come across a later title (an they're all stand alone stories, so no need to read them in order) and wondering which of Benton's former books in the series to buy first, this one also has the added historic element of how Igor came to become Franny's lab assistant.

Franny K Stein is an interesting character who doesn't follow the stereotype little girl who plays with dolls, has tea parties with stuffed animals and the like that many authors seem to want to write about. No Franny is a very intelligent girl more interested in bats, snakes, spiders, monsters and her number one passion, being a mad scientist. Interests that gel with many a real life boy or girl these days and lets be honest, always have. The length of these books are fairly short and take my word for it these books are so good you'll probably want to get a few of them, if not the whole series. They seem to be a lot cheaper buying the initial four (there are also others) as a box set which at the time of this review seems to retail for about the same price as just two Franny K. Stein books.

In her second adventure Attack of the 50-Ft cupid Franny's teacher introduces the class to Valentine's Day, a concept Franny has never heard of before and now that she has can't see the appeal. Still she wants to fit in and please Miss Shelly and sees a way she can use her mad scientist skills to make the whole writing poems, cards etc tasks more efficient an invents the valentine poem generator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
There is a girl, Franny, who is a mad scientist. She does a lot of funny and crazy experiments with her dog named Igor. Igor is very clumsy and hits a baby Cupid that Franny made with a picture. Igor hits the baby with a ray gun that made the baby giant! The giant baby destroyed the city. Read the book to find out how Franny defeats the giant baby Cupid!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Taylor on March 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
...caught me by surprise when my 6 year old daughter picked it out at the bookstore...at home she sat down and worked through it as though possessed...illustrations on each page were a continuous lure to decipher the written story...literally a quantum leap in reading level in a matter of days...amazing!
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This story and the entire series deserves top marks. This creative, funny series is loved dearly by my oldest daughter (6 1/2). Franny is more of an anti-hero, saving the world from one threat or another with a general disdain for humanity. Note: most of the threats are created by or with the help of Franny. Thank you to Jim Benton for crafting such wonderful tales. The art is always as engaging and funny as the prose.

That said, this particular episode in the story may not be for more sensitive children. Franny is not a very sensitive child and can say some very mean things. My youngest daughter (also 6 1/2) became enamored with Franny's new ugly puppy Igor. Half-way through the story, Franny lays into Igor severely. While both of my daughters were upset by Franny's words, my younger daughter was very upset(to tears) that funny Franny would say something so awful to an innocent dog.

I explained to my girl that Franny is a very real character in that she says mean things now and then. My girls was happy to know that Franny apologizes ultimately, but in the "moment" Book 2 was a traumatic tale.

The Franny fan in my life is up to Frantastic Voyage with The Fran with Two Brains waiting in the wings. She cannot get enough of the series.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wisconsin Dad on September 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the first young chapter reader series I purchased for my 6 year old, and she loves it. The story is about Franny, a girl that is learning to adapt to other kids and their lifestyles. She is very awkward in the process, of course, as she is a mad scientist.

Franny loves science, and underlying this story is the theme that it's ok for a girl to be a geek. Don't be worried about the "mad scientist" bit. Franny isn't evil. She is a dabbler, liking bats and boogers, bugs and inventions.

The Franny series has captured my daughter's imagination. It is creative, unique, and something my daughter reads almost every night on her own. Franny has fueled my daughter's fire for reading.

There are no real scary aspects to the story. The monsters are silly, like huge lunch meat sandwiches, or fifty foot cupids.

If you are looking for a fascinating chapter book that captures your child's imagination, try Franny K Stein. My daughter wants more books! I have bought her the entire series, and she can't put them down. Her reading ability is growing in leaps and bounds!
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A Kid's Review on February 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist: Attack of The 50 ft. Cupid is about a little girl that lives in a pretty new house. Every thing is pretty about the house, but the little round window. One day Franny went to the school on Valentine's Day, and noticed that she has to make cards for Valentine's Day . She tries and tries, but she can't make one. All she thinks about is about guts and that stuff like that .

Franny is a person that likes to do a lot of extra things. Franny is independent and she loves school. I would recommend this to anyone who read . I would think they would like it because it is hilarious and it is a page turner. The author wrote this book to entertain all the readers. My favorite part is when she brings a giant chocolate covered cherry to school for a Valentine's Day gift.
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