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ISBN: 0689862954     ISBN-13: 9780689862953
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2004
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Annotation: Now in paperback--the book that introduced a pint-size heroine with enough pluck to face down any challenge--be it making friends, thrashing monsters, or being herself. Includes a Cut-and-Create Monster Game. Illustrations. Consumable.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Monsters; Fiction.
Science; Experiments; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2004115473
Lexile Measure: 710
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.20 lbs) 102 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 72265
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q35141
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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.

Tired of being stared at, Franny decides to attempt her most dangerous experiment yet -- she's going to "fit in." but when a giant Monstrous Fiend attacks the class, everyone knows it's up to a "mad scientist" to save the day. But has Franny lost her creepy, crawly ways?


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring)
Ghoulish Franny, who has a laboratory in her bedroom and keeps spiders for pets, hopes to win friends by concocting a potion that will turn her into a more conventional girl. When a classroom catastrophe occurs, Franny reverts to her old self and saves the school. Comic-book illustrations overwhelm the brief text, whose gross-out humor and gimmicky flip-action section seem to imitate Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants books. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2003 September #5)
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. The young heroine is clearly not an average child: she fills her room with bats, snakes and a flying piranha-plus test tubes, beakers and "a whole bunch of crackling electrical gizmos that [she] had made all by herself." Not surprisingly, the other kids at school keep their distance when they see Franny using a snake for a jump rope (never mind that her favorite doll, Chompolina, sports steel teeth that can bite off the heads of other dolls). Franny's sympathetic teacher (whom Benton drolly names "Miss Shelly") suggests Franny conduct an "experiment" to discover how to make friends with her classmates, whereupon the budding mad scientist concocts a potion that transforms her into a sweet-looking girl in a frilly dress and adopts new eating and playing habits to fit in with her peers. But when items the students have thrown into the trash turn out to be the formula for a "Giant Monstrous Fiend," Franny reverts to her mad-scientist ways to create a "Lunch-Meat Creature" that does in the evil monster. Black-and-white drawings (including a section where readers cut pages horizontally to turn them into a create-a-monster game) echo the narrative's hyperbolic humor. Ages 7-10. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
 
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