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The Fran with Four Brains (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series #6)

The Fran with Four Brains (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series #6)

by Jim Benton


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Goosebumps and Bill Nye the Science Guy fans, meet Franny!

Being a mad scientist in the modern world is very hard work. With so much that needs to be done in such a short period of time, multitasking can become overwhelming. Franny needs some additional help.

But for Franny there is only one person in the world she trusts to help her with her experiments: herself. So she acquires assistance the mad-scientist building a few real, live, steel-plated Franbots!

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ISBN-13: 9781416902324
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 336,832
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Jim Benton is the New York Times bestselling writer of the Dear Dumb Diary series and a 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.

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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 sensing when 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.

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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