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The Fran with Four Brains

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
Book six in the "Franny K. Stein" series continues the adventures of Franny, the young mad scientist who lives on Daffodil Street. Franny enjoys time to focus on her lab projects with her faithful canine assistant, Igor. Her mom, on the other hand, wants to keep Franny busy with extracurricular activities encouraging Franny to "strive for excellence." Franny is soon exhausted from a combination of homework, bagpipe lessons, cooking class, and soccer. Finally, Franny does what any good mad scientist might do she creates the Franbots. These three Franny lookalike robots seem at first like the perfect solution, allowing Franny to be in several places at once and enabling her to continue her lab experiments. Trouble ensues as the Franbots become more independent and take her mom's idea of striving for excellence to the extreme. They wear out Franny's mom and become dangerous with plots of their own. Franny gets things under control and both she and her mother learn valuable lessons. The "Franny K. Stein" books are packed with fun and entertainment. After reading this book I bought the rest of the series, all of which are well loved in my household. The illustrations are great—quite expressive and a perfect enhancement to the story. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417790388
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series , #6
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Benton is a writer and 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. Visit him at

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The Fran with Four Brains

By Jim Benton


Copyright © 2007 Jim Benton
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781416902324

Chapter Two


Franny also liked school. Her teacher, Miss Shelly, was great, and she always kept the kids busy with lots of challenging projects.

Already that year, they had spent time studying dinosaurs, poetry, and even ancient Egypt, which Franny really enjoyed...even though her extra-credit project ate a custodian.

Miss Shelly later made Franny unzip the mummy and release the custodian unharmed, although Franny protested and said that everybody knows mummies eat people every once in a while and that custodians should know better than to get too close.

Great teachers like Miss Shelly always keep a little pressure on, and every day after school, Franny had to make time for her homework.

Some days it was easy, like when it was about electricity, organs, or strange chemical reactions. Some days it was hard, like when it was not about monsters, or atomic radiation, or electronic brains.

But no matter how long it took, Franny also had to make time to play with her lab assistant, Igor. (He wasn't a pure Lab. He was also part poodle, part Chihuahua, part beagle, part spaniel, part shepherd, and part some kind of weasely thing that wasn't even exactly a dog.)

Franny had learned that not paying enough attention to Igor was dangerous. When he got too lonely, he tended to misbehave.

And Igor knew when Franny needed attention. He was really good at sensingwhen her schedule was getting too tight, and he was always trying to figure out ways to make her laugh. Sometimes it was juggling chain saws, sometimes it was alligator wrestling, sometimes it was wrestling alligators with chain saws.

Recently, he started dressing up like Franny and imitating her and that would always make Franny laugh so hard she could hardly breathe.

Always, that is, except when Franny felt overwhelmed by the additional load of her extra activities.

Copyright © 2006 by Jim Benton.


Excerpted from The Fran with Four Brains by Jim Benton Copyright © 2007 by Jim Benton. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
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Table of Contents


1. Franny's House

2. Franny's School

3. Getting Weaker by the Week

4. Wound Too Tight

5. Going Out for the Team

6. Making Yourself at Home

7. Me, Myself, and I...and, Uh, One More Me

8. See, I Told You Nothing Could Go Wrong

9. Bot, We Don't Want To

10. They Get Carried Away Here

11. Can I Make You a Sandwich?

12. Yeah, But What's Mightier Than a Sword?

13. Get Your Head in the Game

14. Recipe for Destruction

15. Which Is Why You Should Always, Always, Always Get a Pickle on the Side

16. Great Brains Think Alike

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    * This book was awesome!!!

    My favorite charechecter in this book was Franny, because she is onlys thinken of a new invention and is funny. I liked the part of the book when Franny decide to make robots of her self.She made them do every thing perfect.Then they go evil and¿..Well you have to read the rest yourself.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2014

    If you are looking for an early chapter book that breaks the nor

    If you are looking for an early chapter book that breaks the norm, give this series a try. Franny is a mad scientist that kids will love. Kids that enjoy creepy things will especially like this series.

    When Franny feels overwhelmed with her school and extracurricular activities, she makes a few Franbots to take her place. When Franny decides the Franbots are too active for her mother, they hatch a plan to turn Franny and her family into food. Franny must find a way to stop the bots before they take over the world.

    This is a super cute and fun chapter book with black and white illustrations on every page.

    Content: Some mild violence (she destroys the robots)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009


    best so far.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2015

    best book I ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    best book I ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014


    If you really want a good book go to Melanie Martin. Way better than this Read the sample of Melanie Martin the Spain one. Way better than this

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Love it

    I love this serises,its short yet long at the same time and a must read

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