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Average rating: 0 out of 5 stars, based on 0 reviews Write a review. Tell us if something is incorrect. Out of stock. Get In-Stock Alert. Delivery not available. Pickup not available. Determined to be elected class president, mad scientist Frannie K. Stein uses her Atomic Combiner to create a suit that makes her seem to be whatever a voter wants her to be, but the suit has plans of its own. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it.
See our disclaimer. Customer Reviews. Write a review. See any care plans, options and policies that may be associated with this product. I love the fact that Franny is a spunky, smart scientist and I thought it was great how she solved her problems. The story was very engaging and it's a fun, fast read. We enjoyed reading it together, and we are a bit sad to say goodbye to Franny, since we've finished all of the books in the series.
May 19, Christine Van Zandt rated it really liked it Shelves: chapter-book , chapter-series. This book introduces kids to the election process as Franny decides to run for class president. Benton plays with the ideas of being two-faced and promising more than you can deliver. Laugh-out-loud illustrations propel the plot forward. These quick reads engage kids who are seeking more plot than in a picture book yet still crave illustrations.
STEIN series remains popular in classrooms from second grade on up. Even early readers can puzzle out the more advanced text using the pictures which accompany the text on every page. Mar 27, Thurston Hunger rated it really liked it Recommends it for: class presidents and class clowns. Shelves: reading-to-the-kids. In particular, the Frandidate was noteworthy as for me it oddly echoed "Perfume" the movie and book.
The humor is gentle enough, not strictly relying on gross-out gimmicks by any stretch, indeed there are more often puns, which works for me. But above all Benton's imagination is very playful and yet purposeful. I guess one might quibble with the fact that science repeatedly creates much havoc that Franny ultimately struggles to undo, but when there are messages about the importance of honesty, or of being able to control one's temper when tempted by time travel as seen in "The Fran That Time Forgot" , I think it is a success.
Will have to try Happy Bunny, the rabbit who dislikes everybody, next. Jul 29, Penny Peck rated it liked it Shelves: children-ya. In this seventh entry in the Franny K. Stein series, Franny creates the perfect candidate for class president. A great choice for a 2nd or 3rd grade book discussion group.
Dec 15, Brian rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-readers , philosophical-subtext. First, know that this is a very amusing and well laid-out story of the pint-sized mad scientist. It is a cleverly sophisticated children's book with several indirect layers of social and psychological commentary. A really great addition to any young reader's collection. I'd like to say I wish the entire country had read this one before the election, though many would have applied its lessons to their own biases, entirely missin A Cautionary Tale, Preferably Required Reading Across the Land.
I'd like to say I wish the entire country had read this one before the election, though many would have applied its lessons to their own biases, entirely missing its point. View 1 comment.
Add to Wish List. As a child of Arkham, you just took for granted you lived in a special town, but seeing that difference up close and personal 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. With experiments and inventions ranging from cloning to time travel, Franny shows that ideas can be a blast and uses brains and ingenuity to save the day. This Collection Includes:.
Oct 26, Leslie added it Shelves: children-s-lit , first-chapter-books. My 7 yo is reading this one. It is a good follow up to the Ricky Ricotta series. Kids who like Ricky and Captain Underpants should like Franny, the young mad scientist. My son likes the pictures and the general silliness. He loves science and anything gross or gruesome so this strange little girl even though she is a girl fits the bill. He laughs out loud at her weird experiments and began and ended the book with a study of the pictures, which are downright captivating.
Jan 05, christa rated it it was amazing. Well, this is the one where Benton officially lost his mind and slipped into some sort of JG Ballard fugue state when he was writing.
Franny invents a skin that, when worn, is able to give the gazer exactly what it wants to hear. She attempts to use this power to become president of the United States, but then the skin sucks her in and develops a mind of its own and only her mom can save her.
There's a metaphor here somewhere in this weirdest of weird finale. God I love this series. Sep 05, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: scientists-research-investigation , sci-fi , humor-comedy , lower-grade. This time Franny puts on a skin that takes the shape of what each individual person wants in order to win a class election.
When it works she decides to run for president of the whole country! This time when Franny is rescued from her skin creation, she learns that honesty is the best policy, and finds a suitable use for the skin. Apr 28, Veronica rated it did not like it Shelves: children-books. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. In this case Franny will learn about voting and the meanning of campaing and reaching others. For that she creates a suit that will say and do exactly as the voters want. But the problem is that she start promising things that she knows she can't keep up. Then the suit starts taking over her and for that she realize is time to get rid of.
The stories of Franny are always the same. She always creates something that later it needs to be destroy. I still don't like that idea. Jun 03, Kaethe Douglas rated it it was amazing Shelves: strong-smart-female-protagonist , kids , age-middle-grade , fiction , beloved , feminism. Franny's attempting to build the perfect class president. Because it would be wrong to take over the world using her devices, but it's perfectly okay if everyone votes for her.
Mar 23, StorySnoops rated it liked it. The seventh installment in the Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist series uses humor and amusing illustrations to teach a valuable lesson.
Franny learns that making promises you can't keep is dangerous and that telling the truth ultimately sets you free May 19, Terry rated it it was amazing. The Frany K. Stein books are a quick read and this one was just as funny as the others. At one point I couldn't stop laughing when I saw one of the illustrations see page I don't think I'd ever really vote for Franny no matter what crazy inventions she came up with to try to convince me otherwise , but I sure vote for Jim Benton writing more of these hilarious books!
Nov 13, Oliver rated it it was amazing. Really, 4. A quarter to amazing.
The Frandidate got into trouble and tried to eat Franny and Igor was going to save her, but with it's tentacles, the Frandidate held Igor. But then Franny told the truth and the Frandidate got weak and gave up. And then Fran broke open it's head and got out! And it was in the news, too.
Nov 15, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: ya , re-read-in , read-to-kids , sci-fi , read-in I've now read this entire series to both kids.
Both kids seem to dig the idea of a little girl mad scientist.