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***Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist

The Invisible Fran

by Jim Benton

Reviewed April 22, 2005.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2004.  102 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF BEN).

Yes, the Franny K. Stein books are a little childish, but I can’t help it, they simply make me laugh.

In her latest adventure, Franny thinks she can show her friends the beauty of being a mad scientist and how much more interesting a hobby it is than their boring hobbies, like Irish dancing or accordion playing or stamp collecting.  Unfortunately, her plans go awry, and, as readers will not be surprised to learn, we end up with a mechanical monster on the rampage.  In the end, her friends’ boring hobbies help to save the day.

Like the other Franny K. Stein books, this one is simply fun.  I highly recommend them for parents to try on kids who are looking for easy-reading chapter books that don’t talk down to them.

Reviews of other Franny K. Stein books:
Lunch Walks Among Us
Attack of the 50-ft. Cupid
The Fran That Time Forgot
Frantastic Voyage

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