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The Invisible Fran

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Wacky inventor Franny K. Stein loves her identity. In fact, she's determined to help her classmates discover their own inner mad scientists. To implement her plan, she just needs a few volunteers…
National Enquirer
Smart, confident, and totally PUNK!
Children's Literature
Frannie believes in mad scientists and convinces several of her friends that they now not only understand mad scientists but also know everything there is to know about mad science. A robot is built and the text continues, "The thing is different, Franny thought. This robot is pure stupidness. It has two whole heads full of stupid. Pure stupidness does things for no good reason. What would a pure-stupid creature do in a school? Frannie thought." That thought begins Frannie's next adventure. This book has wit, sarcasm, humor, dreams, and a different, but satisfactory outlook on life. The chapters average about 4 pages each, but each page has large illustrations. Young readers will be able to identify with Frannie and even though the protagonist is a girl, I believe that both boys and girls will enjoy the story. This also would be a great book to read aloud. A fantastic book for a young reader who wants to start reading chapter books. 2004, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 7 to 10.
—Kathie M. Josephs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417765355
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series , #3
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 101
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (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 Invisible Fran

By Jim Benton

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Copyright © 2004 Jim Benton
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0689862938

Chapter Seven: Wire You Looking At My Robot That Way?

Franny sat at her desk, grinning. She couldn't wait to give her presentation.

"Franny," Miss Shelly said, "would you please come up here and show the class what you've brought in?"

Franny walked confidently to the front of the class. She knew that the kids would take one look at the robot and abandon their ridiculous hobbies.

She removed the sheet that had been draped over her creation. The kids gasped.

It was a robot. A few lights pulsed slowly on its chest, and they could hear a soft hum coming from inside it. Its tiny square eyes seemed to blink.

"Why does it have two heads?" one boy asked.

"Two heads are better than one," Franny said. "When it's complete, those two heads will make it twice as smart as the next smartest robot. Twice as useful, twice as complicated." Franny held up the robot's blueprints for the kids to see.

Miss Shelly said, "Franny, did you say that it wasn't complete yet?"

"That's right, Miss Shelly. It's not complete. I'm going to need other mad scientists to help me, other mad scientists from the class, perhaps. Are there any volunteers?"

Billy raised his hand.

Franny was smug. The first of many volunteers, she thought. "Yes," she said. "You'd like to help?"

"I would," Billy said. "After you finish it, I mean. Then I can teach it to bake pretty, pretty cookies."

Copyright 2004 by Jim Benton

Chapter Eight: In The Gizzard Of The Lizard

Igor just hated to see Franny depressed. He did his best to cheer her up. He juggled spiders. He dressed up like her mom. He even thought about letting the giant chameleon swallow him a little bit, since that always made Franny laugh.

All Franny could talk about was her friends at school. "No volunteers, Igor. They all want to stick with their pointless little hobbies. They don't get it. They don't get it at all.

"They don't understand the thrill of an idea popping into your head out of nowhere, and then diving right in and making your idea just happen.

"If only they could experience that," Franny said.

Just then the giant chameleon appeared, as if out of nowhere, grabbed Igor, and swallowed him.

Even though she was depressed, Franny laughed a little and shook the chameleon until Igor fell out of its mouth. It's hard not to laugh when a reptile eats your best friend.

"You have to be more careful, Igor," Franny said.

Igor hid behind Franny.

"You know the giant chameleon can camouflage himself. It's practically like he's invisible."

Franny's eyes narrowed and a familiar grin stretched across her big, round face. "Invisible," said Franny, and she nodded slowly. "That's it. Invisible."

Copyright 2004 by Jim Benton


Excerpted from The Invisible Fran by Jim Benton Copyright © 2004 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. Hobby Day

3. Back at the Lab

4. Oh No, We're Not

5. Franny Tosses Her Cookies

6. You Must Be Nuts. And Bolts.

7. Wire You Looking at My Robot That Way?

8. In the Gizzard of the Lizard

9. Let Me Make Myself Clear

10. Children Should Be Heard and Not Seen

11. Sneaking Out to Join the Circuits

12. The New Robot Is a Smash Hit

13. Fools + Tools = Busted-up Schools

14. Stupider and Stupider

15. Franny Ketches Up to the Robot

16. Here, Let Me Give You a Hand

17. Now You're Cooking

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Keeps children entertained

    My 3rd-grader wanted this book as she was being introduced to "chapter books" in school. The story line is bizarre which does its job of keeping her interested.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book Series

    My daughter was having a hard finding books that captured her attention and made her want to read more, but when she found this book she was hooked. She found them funny and she refused to put the book down.<BR/><BR/>I also like that she was able to participate in the Accelerated Reader program with this book, so she also brought her Reading grade up in her school.<BR/><BR/>I recommend this book series to anyone and everyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2005

    More Franny K. Stein books

    My 7 year old liked this book because Franny kept him entertained. He loved the pictures and all the craziness that Franny had to offer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    This book was great!

    My favorite characters in this book are Franny and Igor. This series is really good. I hope you enjoy just as much as I did!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Franny k stein

    I love franny k steins books but some arent the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013


    This book convinsed miy kids ti be more criative

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Never read it


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