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The Frandidate (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series #7)

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Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Franny Stein is not like other kids her age; she is a mad scientist. She loves to make new inventions and her deepest desire is to take over the world. She knows that something wrong with an outright takeover, but that does not stop her from making plans and testing her inventions. At times she blows something up in her house and tries to blame it on her assistant, who is her dog, Igor, but is too honest to pin the blame on him. Franny goes to school, but scares most of teachers, but not Miss Shelly, who she loves. When Miss Shelley announces to the class that there will be elections for class president Franny thinks of her total domination over the world and downsizes it to her class. She never thought of running for an office as a way of telling people what to do. Franny decides to run and it is not as easy as she thinks it is going to be. She creates an invention that allows her to say exactly what people want to hear so that they will vote for her. At first it seems her latest invention and plan are going to work, but then her invention gets out of control. Readers will have to read what happens next as Franny has to figure out how to rescue herself from yet another one of her inventions. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606105927
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series , #7
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (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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Chapter Three

Let's get this party started

Miss Shelly was Franny's favorite teacher of all time.

Franny's earlier teachers hadn't really understood her, and it's difficult to learn from somebody that runs screaming from the classroom every time you walk in.

But Miss Shelly was almost never afraid of Franny, and usually had something interesting to teach.

Franny paid close attention as Miss Shelly began writing that day's lesson on the blackboard.

For a moment, Franny was so thrilled that she almost shouted. It looked like Miss Shelly was writing "electricity."

Along with chemistry, nuclear power, and brain removal, electric power was one of Franny's favorite subjects.

But as Miss Shelly finished writing, Franny could see that she had written "election," which, when compared to electricity, sounded pretty darned boring.

"An election is when people vote for a person who will represent them, and organize them, and if necessary, lead them," Miss Shelly explained. "We'll be electing a president of the class."

Franny perked up a little.

"Can this president tell everybody what to do and punish them if they disobey?" Franny asked, while she quickly sketched out a few ideas for a dungeon she could build at the school for just that purpose.

"Well, maybe not punish. But the president can help determine some of the rules in the class, and the president is a person that people usually look up to, and I suppose that the president does tell people what to do," said Miss Shelly.

Franny smiled. Maybe this wasn't so boring.

"So I want you all to decide who you want to be president of the class," Miss Shelly continued."People who want to be elected are called candidates. If you want to be a candidate for president, you'll need to tell us all why. The class will be sharing these ideas all week long. May the best man win."

Franny smiled to herself. It was more like may the best Fran win.

Copyright © 2008 by Jim Benton

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    This book helps to injection science into girls lives.

    We are never deprived of an adventure when we pick up a Franny book. She is always solving problems in a creative way while learning a life lesson. We are always trying to teach our students about cause and affect when they are reading. We are also trying to show them that when they do something there will be a response. It is wonderful how she makes it cool to be a nerd. She makes it interesting and compares and contrast her likes and dislikes with others. Your child would be captures by the artwork and the setup of the book. This book is a quick read that lets a child read a chapter book that can be finished in a timely manner. If you read one Franny you are going to want to read more. There is no need to read her books in order. The characters in her books teach empathy that students really need to get a chance to experience. It is worth getting the entire set and sharing with girls as well as boys. Enjoy!

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    Posted March 24, 2014

    Super wird cover


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Tap here

    If your intreastedin the sinece the read this book and be like franny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    Good Book For your daughter or son

    Its good my daughter enjoyed the whole series its perfect for kids trust me its great

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