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Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid
Contributor(s): Benton, Jim (Author), Benton, Jim (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 068986292X     ISBN-13: 9780689862922
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2004

Annotation: When Franny's new lab assistant loses a 50-foot-tall cupid, it's up to Franny to save the day. This second book about the frazzled mad scientist includes four punch-out valentines and Franny's own Valentine Poem Generator. Illustrations. Consumable.

Click for more in this series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist (Hardcover)
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Friendship
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2003018635
Age Level: 7-9
Grade Level: 2-4
Lexile Measure: 740(Not Available)
Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist (Hardcover)
Physical Information: 0.6" H x 5.86" W x 8.32" (0.64 lbs) 112 pages
- Topical - Friendship
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 75825
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
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Publisher Description:

Contributor Bio(s): Benton, Jim: - Jim Benton is the New York Times bestselling writer of the Dear Dumb Diary series and a 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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall)
As Valentine's Day approaches, ghoulish Franny acquires a lab assistant—a mutt named Igor—who accidentally brings a picture of Cupid to life and then enlarges him. Franny must then catch this big, big baby as he rampages through town. Comic-book-style illustrations overwhelm the slight text, but those who like slapstick (and occasionally gross) humor should enjoy this silly offering. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2003 December #3)
Attack of the 50-ft. Cupid picks up where Lunch Walks Among Us left off in the Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist, series by Jim Benton. In this installment, Franny gets a lab assistant courtesy of her mother. Franny also learns about giving valentines and what it means to feel love (for her new pet at least)-but not before an all-out battle royal with Cupid, brought to life and made grossly enormous by science-gone-wrong. The book also includes a twisted valentine generator and removable cardboard valentines. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 May)
Gr 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 Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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