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Lunch Walks Among Us (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist #1)

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Franny K. Stein is not your average girl -- she's a mad scientist. She prefers poison ivy to daisies, and when Franny jumps rope, she uses her pet snake. The kids in Franny's class think she's weird, wacky, and just plain creepy.
Tired of being stared at, Franny decides to attempt her most dangerous experiment yet -- she's going to fit in. but when a giant Monstrous Fiend...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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Brad
Nov 08, 2011 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brad by: Milos & Brontë
Brontë, my lovely seven year old, is a kooky girl.

From the time she was wee, she's been a talented artist, and her greatest influence, then and now, was Tim Burton. One of her greatest pictures, "The Dark Queen" will someday be a tattoo on my left thigh.

But that's not all ,,, Brontë loves Zombies (they scare the shit out of her, btu she loves them. in fact, putting on The Walking Dead, no matter when I put it on, is the flame that draws my little moth into the room. She can be asleep, and she'l...more
Miloš & Brontë
Papa: So you finished your first chapter book my lovely seven year old reading star. What did you think?

Brontë: I loved it. I think that goes without saying.

Papa: I guess we should stop then.

Brontë: Okay.

Papa: Seriously? You have nothing to say?

Brontë: Yes, I do.

Papa: Serve it up, then ...

Brontë: Well, I really just liked how she made a monster out of lunch meat. And she sewed him up in one day, it's crazy. He's huge. And Mom made a Dobby doll for me and it took her two months, so I don't know...more
Dolly
Sep 13, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
This is the first book in the Franny K. Stein series by Jim Benton. We first discovered this series when we listened to Frantastic Voyage on audio CD. We all thought it was a humorous tale, so we decided to read some of the other books in the series.

This story introduces us to Franny and her strange mad scientist ways. I like that Franny feels compelled to fit in, but ends up discovering that it's best to just be herself.

I love the fact that Franny is a spunky, smart scientist and I thought it...more
Jes Pedroza
Jul 01, 2008 Jes Pedroza rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone up for some fun and laughter.
Michigan native, Jim Benton, taps into the strange and exciting world of Franny K. Stein - my new favorite caricature! Franny is not your average girl and kicks a bit of spunk into everything she does. Instead of having a cute kitten for a pet, Franny has bats. While her neighbors play video games, Franny is up in her room doing wild science experiments. And while children eat their wonder bread P&Js at the lunch table, Franny prefers shish-kebabs and ravioli in pumpkin sauce. She fears not...more
Emily
What a fun discovery! Franny K. Stein is a little different from many of the girls around her who like pretty Barbie dolls and pink frilly things and PB&J sandwiches on fluffy white bread. She's a "mad" scientist who likes tarantulas and bats (the flying kind), dolls that ooze yucky gunk, and doing explosive science experiments. Mr. Benton's young female protagonist is a quirky, intelligent problem-solver who learns to be comfortable in her own skin, but also learns that friends can help eac...more
Samantha
My daughter and I read this together. She's 9 and has a bit of "Mad Scientist" in her as well. She and I love Franny and all her adventures. In this introductory story, which we somehow skipped, Franny moves to a new town and starts a new school. She is, of course, different from everyone else and decides that she needs to make a few changes to be liked after gathering data and creating data charts (she's mad, not dumb after all). Of course, her new teacher Miss Shelley (Mary Shelley wrote Frank...more
Jacoba
Franny K. Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton (2004)
Genre: Chapter Book
Format: Book
Plot summary:Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in--which works until a monster erupts from the trash can.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special considerations
Review citation (if available):K...more
Pop Bop
"It's Mad Science Time"

This chapter book entertains in so many more ways than I expected that this review is going to sound a little gushy. But the Franny K. Stein books are just that good.

Franny is a devoted mad scientist, but she scares her classmates. She transforms herself into a girlie-girl in order to "fit in", but somehow that doesn't feel right to her. NO SPOILERS, but events unfold in a way that leads Franny, and her classmates, to appreciate Franny for who she really is.

The book is pe...more
Allison Moore
The Franny K. Stein series is a hilarious group of books about a young mad scientist named Franny. Franny does not fit in at school. Many of her peers make fun of her and think she is very weird. Franny is soon tired of being different so she decides to do one of her biggest experiments ever; fitting in. Franny begins to change many things about herself to make herself seem normal. The series follows the many adventures of Franny and her different experiments that cause chaos throughout her scho...more
Edward Creter
A disarmingly cute and sweet homage to the horror comedy and a good balm for those aching from the indignity of all those awful horror books and movies. Little Franny is a mad scientist of 10 years of age. She's evil, wicked, plotting world domination, and all she needs for her plans to succeed...are friends! Yet in the beginning she feels the intense need to blend with other human children. She thinks a baseball bat requires something with leathery wings and teeth. (Reeallly. The only leather a...more
Teresa
franny k. stein does not fit in with her classmates, which is what you'd expect when you are a seven year old mad scientist. but when her best efforts to transform herself into a "normal" girl don't pan out, she discovers that it's best to be herself.

cute and quick. initially i was weirded out by how dark franny was, but it ended up being harmless. and any book that promotes kids to be always be themselves is just fine by me.
Aarifa
Franny is a VERY VERY mad scientist. Shes new at school and not a lot of the kids like her because she has bats all over her. so she makes her dolls and herself nice by doing a experiment. She comes back the next day
and the kids like her. but there is a monster that takes her teacher on the flag pole!
OH NO! What will happen next? Read to find out.
Kaethe
2005 December 30
2009 January 12

The PandaBat got the boxed set of Franny K. Stein books for Christmas. She's not quite able to read them on her own, but she's certainly enjoying having them read aloud.

As am I.

How much do we love Franny K. Stein? Mad science, a "lab" assistant, bats in her attic room in the otherwise pristine and pastel house? Oh, very much indeed.

Although I hadn't realized it before, we love stories about a kid who doesn't feel right in the family, but that the family that loves...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I love finding chapter books for 1st to 3rd graders. Franny K. Stein is a great character. She is just a bit different which is wonderful. I have a lot of girls who will love this series.
RachelAnne
Franny K. Stein is a budding mad scientist. She has a bedroom/lab full of bats ("they're like rats with pterodactyl wings... what's not to like?") and a doll that bites. The other kids at school are different. So, Franny embarks on her most daring escapade yet: a formula that will make her into *A NORMAL LITTLE GIRL*! Mwahahaha. Alas, in the school trash, some old ravioli, chewed gum, and old gym shoes mix with some unstable industrial waste. Now, Miss Shelly's class doesn't need another "normal...more
Kelly
Franny is a young mad scientist who is trying to fit in at school. She truly loves bats and things that destroy but wants friends too. Luckily she has a supportive teacher who encourages her to try an experiment to learn how to be friends with her classmates. She loves experiments so she goes full force into learning about the habits of her classmates and tries to adapt. Unfortunately, the teacher is grabbed by the Pumkin-Crab monster who formed from a thrown out lunch, shoes, garbage and unstab...more
Stephanie Daley
Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist – Lunch Walks Among Us (2003) is a part of a series written by Jim Benton about a young girl who is a mad scientist, but her classmates and even her parents do not understand her. Because Franny’s outside appearance is different and dark, many judge her and do not think she fits in with them. In this story, Franny creates a potion, which will allow her to fit in at school; however, when a monster kidnaps their teacher, her classmates follow Franny in order to get th...more
Daniel Franklin
This book was actually brought to my attention by one of the students in my 5th grade observation class. I had a conference with her and she told me the main theme was to “always be yourself!” Upon reading the book, I found that in this text, this is especially true.
This book is a graphic novel as there are pictures on every page and, to be honest, the plot reads a lot more like a comic book plot line rather than a novel.
In this book, Franny K. Stein is a young girl who is a “mad scientist....more
Lady Knight
Franny lives in a pink house, in a normal neighbourhood, with a normal family. The catch? She's a mad scientist. She loves bats, the dark, and everything that is creepy. Her first day at her new school starts off on the wrong foot. She looks weird, she eats weird things and the other kids think she's just plain weird. She loves her teacher, though. She begins to conduct an experiment, "How to make the other kids like me". Franny soon discovers that normal dolls don't have razor sharp teeth, that...more
Emma
The Book Lunch Walks Among Us is written by Jim Benton. Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school so she takes notes on what the other kids do differently so she could do them and make friends. Until one day she threw her lunch in the trash can and another boy threw chemicals in the trash can to and the food and chemicals combined and formed a monster nobody knew what to do. Except for Franny and so fran...more
83star
Oct 12, 2008 83star rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: to anyone
Recommended to 83star by: NO ONE
Lunch Walks Among Us this is a book by Jim Benton.It is about a young girl who just does not seem to fit in.she is very different from other girls her age.She into the hole mad scientist thing.Her name is Franny K. Stein
Her mother always wanted her little girl to be like other girls.So she try so many things like she redecorated Frannys room she put pictuers of ponys,flowers,and kittens.
Franny was starting a new school she didnt have any friends.That really made franny sad.Than one day Franny...more
Michelle/Cnca
Oct 09, 2008 Michelle/Cnca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Carlos Guzman
This book is about a girl named Franny K. Stein who is a mad scientist. Her dog,Igor is her lab assistant. One day she wanted to make friends beucase all her classmates thought she was wierd only becuase she was a mad scientist. So she decided to make some toys,so her classmates would play with her. She even decides to have a whole new look, she is also going to bring normal food like all her classmates! Here is a quote....."Franny," her mother said,"you look so....nice." Franny did look nice....more
Christine
I picked this up from the library because Danny loves science and I thought it would hold Matt's interest because the chapters are short and there are illustrations on every page. The story was somewhat underwhelming, though inoffensive. We read it in one 20-25-minute sitting. If the boys are eager for more installments, we will try them, but I won't seek them out if they are not keen to do so.
Robin Rousu
This series is really rather awesome. Funny, slightly gross short chapter book with ample illustrations. What sets it apart, though, is that the main character is a female mad scientist with a dark side. Reminds me a bit of the Witch books by Bridwell. So rare to have a humorous J/E that crosses the gender appeal lines that seem to be so prevalent at this level. Highly recommended for ages 6-9.
carrietracy
I am officially a fan of Fran. I'd known that my students liked these and that on quick flip through they were cute, but reading it was fun! While Fran does attempt a self-makeover into a girly-girl in order to make friends, she quickly learns that everyone is better off when she is herself, a MAD SCIENTIST.

Love.
Maya
Franny K. Stein lunch walks among by : Jim Benton . What I like about the book was that Franny was weird, she wasn’t normal . Also that she was super smart even thou she is a little girl . Also that it has this cool monster making thing in the middle of the book .

What I dislike about the book was how her friends treated her in the beginning of the book . Also how she commanded her friends , I guess she had to . Also how Franny was just trying to make friends but the students wouldn’t give her a...more
Kascia
I was expecting this book to be better. I constantly saw this floating around my library, so I had thought it would be good. What I did like about it was the message. Being liked by your classmates and friends is important, but it's best to stay true to yourself.
Ruslan
I think this book was very good. There were many details, like how it described the characters and the settings. I love how it showed pictures to show us how the characters looked and what they did. Overall i think this book was fun and the story was cool.
Adriana Mendoza
As a third grade teacher it is difficult to find a good beginning chapter book for my students. Although this book could be used as early as second grade, the reality is that my classroom has a handful of struggling readers. My children love this book because it is dark, funny, gross, and silly. It has all the ingredients that kids like.
This book is a book about a little girl named "Franny K. Stein" sounds like "Frankestien" and she is a mad scienctist. Although her parents are picture book, Fr...more
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Benton began his career in a custom design t-shirt shop where he started designing his own characters. At the same time, Jim did illustrations and artwork for magazines and newspapers. People magazine named him "the most visible cartoonist in America" .

Benton also created greeting cards and worked in the magazine and publishing industry. In 1998, his SpyDogs characters became an animated series, T...more
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