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Lunch Walks Among Us (Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist, 1) Hardcover – September 1, 2003

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"Does for chapter books what Frankenstein did for monsters."

"National Enquirer" Smart, confident, and totally PUNK!

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

From the Publisher

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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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: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,032,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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My daughter loved this series when she was 8. But she loved to read (and still does). Her little brother (now 9), not so much. But this week he had an assignment to read something by one of a group of authors and one was Benton. I downloaded this to the Kindle and he gave it a shot. He was laughing uncontrollably halfway through the first chapter (Is there a bat store around here?) and actually voluntarily read half the book in one sitting. He wants the rest of the series.
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My five year old and I love this book. Love it. He loves that Franny is so deliciously different and that it is hilariously illustrated to prove that fact. I love that the text is accessible to young readers without talking down to them. It is probably not a book for a very young reader (4-6) to read independently, unless they are pretty advanced for their age. However, it is a perfect read aloud or read along book.
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My daughter enjoyed this cute book, but I think the age range is incorrect. It is more of a picture book than a novel. Took my first grader about 30 minutes to finish. Disappointing because we were looking for a series to replace Goddess Girls and Never Girls.
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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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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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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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