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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689862911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689862915
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,603,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist series gets off to a silly start with this copiously and cartoonishly illustrated novel, which bears at least a passing visual resemblance to Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants capers. --Publisher's Weekly, September 2003 --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Franny K. Stein is not your average girl - she's a mad scientist. She prefers poison ivy to daisies, and when Franny jumps rope, she uses her pet snake. The kids in Franny's class think she's weird, wacky, and just plain creepy. Let your readers decide for themselves when they read these fabulously funny stories.

Spotlight is a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades 2-5. Each Spotlight edition is printed on high-quality paper. We use the original publisher's files to adjust the book's layout so no artwork or text is near the gutter for our reinforced library bindings specifically printed for the library market. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


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He has read all of them and laughs out loud.
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I bought this book for my 5 year old daughter, and I think she's read it about 7 times!
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I highly recommend it for your school-age kids.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kelli Hanson on October 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am so happy to have found this series of books for my 3rd grade son! We both loved this book. It is funny, with great illustrations. It also has a fabulous message! I highly recommend it for your school-age kids.

Franny K. Stein is an unusual little girl. Rather than dollies and horsies and flowers, Franny loves bats and tarantulas and poison ivy. Her lunches were a bit different too! But like other little girls, Franny needs friendship. In order to make friends, Franny experiments with being someone she is not (the stereotypical little girl), but is unhappy. When she is herself, she finds that her new friends like her just as well or better! In the end, we learn that even if friends don't always like the same things, they can still be friends.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on September 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Franny K. Stein isn't your normal little girl. She's a mad scientist. And a weird one at that. When she jump ropes she uses her pet snake, and as opposed to daisies, Franny likes to pick poison ivy. Everyone at school is afraid of Franny, for she's different than the rest of them, and they find that weird. So Franny decides to create an experiment that will change her from being the weird little girl who everyone stares at, to one who fits in. But then a Giant Monstrous Fiend attacks Franny's class, and she knows that she must convert back to being a mad scientist to save the day.

In this first book in the FRANNY K. STEIN: MAD SCIENTIST series we are introduced to a crazy, wacky young girl, who loves everything out of the ordinary. Her personality and quirks are unique, and her adventures are entertaining. Jim Benton has done a marvelous job in creating an enjoyable new book series for children, whose content and illustration will mesmerize even the most reluctant reader.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This chapter book entertains in so many more ways than I expected that this review is going to sound a little gushy. But the Franny K. Stein books are just that good.

Franny is a devoted mad scientist, but she scares her classmates. She transforms herself into a girlie-girl in order to "fit in", but somehow that doesn't feel right to her. NO SPOILERS, but events unfold in a way that leads Franny, and her classmates, to appreciate Franny for who she really is.

The book is perfectly manageable for a new chapter book reader, but it is loaded with all sorts of subtle and clever jokes that are really pretty sophisticated. There are slippery little jokes, (Franny's supportive and understanding teacher is Ms. Shelly; any relation to the Mary Shelley who wrote "Frankenstein"?). There are nods to old creature features, (O.K., who put "unstable industrial waste" in the classroom trash can?). There is a lot of wordplay and loads of sharp, deadpan humor.

This is just a wonderful example of how you can write a book that is funny and entertaining for a seven year old and yet just as amusing and diverting for an adult who is reading along with that youngster. And there are many other bonuses. There is no lame or simple-minded fart/booger humor. (Actually a scene involving a kid who wets his pants during the monster crisis is honestly funny.) Franny is a dedicated mad scientist, but is a happy, well-adjusted, bright, thoughtful and friendly kid. She's not spoiled or bratty or precocious. The book is heavily illustrated, and the drawings are clever and funny, and support and enhance the story.

The entire tone and feel of this book is very engaging. It has a message, but the message about being yourself just fits seamlessly into the story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Wiggins on July 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Franny K. series was just the thing to get my reluctant reader to jump into chapter books. She now reads them over and over, and can't wait for the next ones to come out....we have them all so far and her reading has improved tremendously! Thanks, Jim Benson, for a wonderful series that encourages kids to be their own unique selves!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
Sugar and spice and everything nice? That’s NOT Franny K. Stein! Franny is a little girl who is also a mad scientist, one who loves bats and monsters and crackling electrical gizmos. But, Franny is tired of being the outsider at school and so she takes on making friends as an experiment. Oh, but deep down, Franny is still Franny...and that is a good thing!

This fun series of books is aimed at young readers, like Captain Underpants or Ricky Ricotta. And, like those other books, it’s a sure fire hit with most kids. It’s got a nice lesson, but it’s got a light touch, never losing sight of the idea that the lesson must be told by an entertaining read.

Yep, this is a great book, one that your young reader is sure to love. Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Would you like to hear about a book with a mad scientist? Well the book Franny K. Stein she is a spooky creepy dark young lady. She loved school. When she went to school one day she got in trouble because she made a monster and there was another monster. If you want too hear about more of it read it.
My favorite parts are when the ham and turkey monster saved the teacher and when Franny got lifted up. My other favorite part is where she loved bats spiders and other things they are my favorite parts because they are spooky and mysterious.
I recommend this book to kids and adults because it is a mysterious book but don't read it to babies because they will have nightmares. I love this book and you will too.
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