Attack of the 50-FT. Cupid (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist #2)

Attack of the 50-FT. Cupid (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist #2)

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by Jim Benton

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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.

Publishers Weekly
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.
Children's Literature
The lead character in this series, "Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist," manages to be both somewhat appealing and somewhat appalling; the perfect heroine for kids who like icky and weird, but not downright scary. This is a funny tale of a young girl who doesn't quite understand things that other people grasp right away. Her intelligence and interest in science set her apart and in this book she has difficulty in comprehending the concept of Valentine's Day. At the same time, her mother decides that every mad scientist needs a lab assistant although the best one she can find is not a purebred Lab, but a dog of many breeds appropriately named Igor. As much as she has always wanted an assistant, Franny is not pleased with her mother's selection, but Igor turns out to be not just a valuable asset, but a creature who teaches Franny a little bit about feelings. Kids will enjoy the story as well as the fittingly creepy illustrations and it has a comforting message for those who often feel on the outside because, for some reason, they think differently than most others. 2004, Simon & Schuster, Ages 7 to 10.
— Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
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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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid

By Jim Benton

Aladdin Paperbacks

Copyright © 2005 Jim Benton
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ISBN: 0689862962


Chapter One: Franny's House

The Stein family lived in a pretty pink house with lovely purple shutters down at the end of Daffodil Street. Everything about the house was bright and cheery. Everything, that is, except the bedroom behind the tiny, round upstairs window.

This was Franny's bedroom, and she loved it more than anyplace else in the whole world, because this was where she came up with some of the most exciting new ideas in mad science.

But, as is often case for mad scientists, it was impossible to get her friends and family to take her work seriously.

Like when Franny presented her recently perfected Personal Cow to her father.

"Hey, Dad. Have a look at this. I genetically engineered a real cow for the portability that today's baby-on-the-go demands. See? Fresh milk anywhere."

"That's nice, Franny," he said without even looking up from his newspaper.

Or when Franny tried to show off her just-debugged Biggerizer to her little brother, Freddy.

"One blast from this device can make things hundreds of times bigger," Franny declared proudly.

"Can you use it in reverse and make your mouth smaller?" Freddy asked.

Franny answered, "It doesn't have a reverse setting. It only makes things bigger, but that's not a bad idea...." Before she could finish, he leapt on his skateboard and, with one swift push, rocketed out of sight.

Or when Franny called Percy, one of her new friends from school, to announce her new Manifester. "You put a picture of something in front of it, flip the switch, and - ZAP! - it creates a real three-dimensional reproduction of it."

"Did you ever put ketchup on corn chips?" Percy asked witlessly.

Franny blinked. "Ketchup on corn chips? Did you hear a single word I said, Percy? The Manifester actually makes real things from pictures and pictures from real things. It's total madness."

"I like corn chips," he said, and Franny hung up the phone.

Franny's mom had been watching and she felt bad for Franny.

She might not have chosen to have a mad scientist for a daughter, but that's what Franny was.

And since that's what Franny was, her mom had spent a lot of time trying to learn about mad scientists.

One of the things she learned was this: Mad scientists need assistants to whom they can show their tiny cows, weird devices, and crazy gizmos, assistants who were always excited and who always listened.


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Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first grade son discovered the Franny K. Stein series and can't get enough of them. They are easy enough for him to read and he loves the pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the beat books ive ever read.Hope it feels the same to you guy and laidies who are reading this. A 10 year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*is lead to result three*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wont. Smles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love franny k stein books they have these books for only $5 wow thats a very good deal im going to buy the who set i cant stop texting (yes i can im just bord with a capital B) GO 49ERS I LOVE YA GOTTA HOLLA AT YA LATER DONT HATE MEH LOVE MEH!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He sticks his tail into her puzzy and moans. "Your so wet."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book jim benton
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Oh my gosh
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Curly_Girl More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves these books. They read well and aren't too easy or too hard. The chapters are short, so feels like she's accomplished something when she's read several chapters in one sitting. A fun storyline too. It's taken me awhile to find something that she enjoys and wants to read. A great find!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. It is not a long book. It is a fast to read. The book is about Cuppid that turesa big and they have to stop him before he messes up the city.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was funny and it was fast to read. i thought the drawing could have been better. i think both girls and guys would like this book beacuse it is about Valentine's day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I can't wait to read #3. If you inerested in a mad scientist little girl and a 50ft cupid and her dog you'll love this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book held his attention and he was fascinated with the plot, pictures and Franny's strong and quirky personality. We both loved the character of Igor the LAB assistant and the exploration of love and friendship. My son's favorite part is when Franny makes her Valentines and they are goofy, gory, clever and hilarious! Fun for mom and son.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Franny is a girl, who is a mad scientist. She gets an assistant, but she doesn¿t like him because he is a dog. His name is Igor. Igor really wanted to help Franny, but she always told him to sit in the corner and all he could touch was his little, black, rubber ball. Franny went to school to show her teacher the Valentines she made it was obvious that she had no clue what valentines were. So Miss Shelly said that people draw stuff like Cupid, hearts, and love arrows. Then Franny asked what Cupid was. Miss Shelly drew a picture of him. Igor went to get his little toy ball. He accidentally pressed a button, which makes the picture of Cupid come to life, but the rays that another button called the Biggersizer, which makes it bigger. It turned Cupid into a real, live, big thing. He was going around slinging his arrows at people, which makes them fall in love. Can Franny Keep Cupid from hitting everyone with his arrows and still make all her Valentines cards? Read the book and you¿ll find out.