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Franny K. Stein's Crate of Danger: Lunch Walks Among Us; Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid; The Invisible Fran; The Fran That Time Forgot (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) Paperback – October 1, 2005

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"Will draw fans of Captain Underpants."
-- School Library Journal

"Smart, confident and totally punk!"
-- National Enquirer

"This has the glib, kid-appealing insouciance of Captain Underpants with an intelligence all its own."
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Jim Benton is a writer and cartoonist whose unique brand of humor has been seen on toys, television, T-shirts, greeting cards, and even underwear. Franny K. Stein is the first character he's created especially for young children. A husband and father of two, he lives in Michigan, where he works in a studio that really and truly does have creepy stuff in it. Visit him at www.frannykstein.com.

Jim Benton is a writer and cartoonist whose unique brand of humor has been seen on toys, television, T-shirts, greeting cards, and even underwear. Franny K. Stein is the first character he's created especially for young children. A husband and father of two, he lives in Michigan, where he works in a studio that really and truly does have creepy stuff in it. Visit him at www.frannykstein.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Boxed Set edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416914021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416914020
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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My 9 year old son LOVES these books. He is a struggling reader, and would rather learn science than language arts. Because these books have to do with science experiments, he eats them up. He's on the 4th book now and I did not tell him to read last night, and caught him reading it on his own and almost done with it. It's exciting for me as a parent and reader to see him find a series that can hold his interest while he becomes a better reader.
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I love these books because they are great chapter books. They are funny because Franny is the coolest mad scientist, to be a girl.

I will read Franny K. Stein for the rest of my life.

Armani
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My son loves the Magic Tree House series and Caption Underpants series---and now this one too. I especially like that these books star a girl, yet appeal to boys. In terms of reading level, this series is easier and less "serious" then the Magic Tree House series---it's closer to Caption Underpants (lots of scribbles and drawings, goofy antics, and not too much text on each page).
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My 2 older boys (ages 6 and 8) have been enjoying these books. They seem to have a good mix of kid-like silliness as well as a reading challenge and a good message.

Franny is a bit of a loner who marches to the beat of her own drum. In one of the books, she tries to change herself to fit in, ultimately realizing she is happier as herself. This theme follows throughout the series - she is different than her classmates, but likes herself and learns to make friends as the mad scientist she is.

Each book involves Franny "saving the day", using her scientific capabilities. Sometimes it's her experiments that create the problem in the first place, but none of her peers seem to hold that against her.

The reading level is a bit simple for my 8 year old, but he has enjoyed them anyway. He's able to read them through in one sitting, so these books are an alternative for him to the long chapter books that take a couple of weeks for him to read.

My 6 year old and I read them together, trading off chapters. The chapters are usually only a few pages, and simple illustrations help keep him interested as well. He and I usually require 3 sittings to complete a book (15-20 minutes per sitting, trading off chapters).

This package includes the first 4 books in the series. Two subsequent books exist as well, however I couldn't find a box set with more than these 4 original books.
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It's great to have a book series that features a girl "hero" character. Franny is funny, smart, adventurous. She's a mad scientist, but not in a weird or scary way. She's a little socially awkward, but she's very likable and personable. I was curious if she's appeal to my son, simply because she wasn't a boy, but he was immediately hooked on the series and read them one after another. The illustrations throughout are nicely done and illustrate the story well, especially some of the outrageous and funny scenes. The "Crate of Danger" bundle is also a great deal for all 4 books.
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My son does not enjoy reading very much at all, but he loves this series. He asks for more of these and I am so glad. Some kids take longer to get interested in reading, this helped my son out a lot. Highly recommended.
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A friend recommended the Franny K. Stein's series and we started with the box set which includes 1) Lunch Walks Among Us, 2) Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid, 3) The Invisible Fran and 4) The Fran That Time Forgot. Franny K. Stein, is a young girl who is a bit of a mad scientist. She is a socially awkward child that is smart, funny but does not seem to understand some of the cultural norms of childhood. She creates scientific experiments in her bedroom at home and on occasion an experiment will get away or get out of hand. Regardless of how (or who) created the problem, Franny is always there to save the day by using her great mental and scientific abilities to solve the problem at hand.
My 6 year old loved the stories and we are ordering the rest of the series!
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