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

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Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist, has always had her eye on world domination, but she has to start her class elections! If people voted for her, they were giving her all the control she wanted. But Franny's platform doesn't have the same appeal as her competitors who are offering new playground equipment, so she finds another platform...The Frandidate. Made ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: max
I can't praise this series highly enough other than to say that if I brought a Franny K Stein book home, Max would drop everything he was doing in order to start reading. It's a rare book that has that kind of power over a 6 year old. I'm so sad that we reached the end of the series.
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
With great skill, Mr. Benton manages to include some incredibly funny political commentary - aimed at politicians in general rather than a particular party - in this book for young readers without alienating the principle audience.

Franny creates the perfect candidate for office by combining DNA from a dog (who always knows what she wants before she asks), a chameleon (who "can change to look like whatever he needs to"), and a parrot (who can "make any sort of sound it wanted"). Throw in a cobra
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought it was weird, a little funny, and evil! But I gave it four starts because it wasn't the best. I don't exactly like all those adjectives. Sometimes, the book was really nice and sweet. My favorite part was at the very end, but I won't spoil it :)
Lady Knight
Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Franny is back and this time she's got her sights set on domination!

While not keen on the idea of world domination, when her teacher announces class elections, Franny is keen to become class president. She starts out by making wonderful posters of all the things she will invent if she's elected: everything from brain boosters for the not-so-smart kids to large jars to keep the noisy kids in. She's shocked when no is keen on her ideas. She watches as the other campaigners propose a new playground
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j
Franny is a little girl with a mad scientist lab in her bedroom and a dog/lab assistant named Igor. Franny's science experiments and inventions regularly get Franny into some sort of trouble. In The Frandidate, Franny decides to run for class president. To appeal to her classmates she invents the "Frandidate", a skin that Franny wears that can alter its appearance to appeal to whomever is looking at it. But the Frandidate wants to be more than just class president. While this is a chapter book, ...more
In order to win over her classmates in the upcoming election for class president, Franny K. Stein: Mad Scientist combines the DNA from a sensitive dog, a color-changing chameleon, a mimicking parrot, a cobra's stare, a spider's web, and a python's grip. She's sure this will do the trick and get her elected...and it does.

But, things spiral out of control as the flexible skin of The Frandidate has 'ideas' of its own and they are on the diabolical side. Humor, horror, and madcap dialogue (not to m
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I love these books. My 6-year-old loves these books. The stories are clever, the drawings great. This one is about how hard it is--and wrong it is--to be what others want you to be, rather than who you are. Also some good lessons on how politicians behave ;)

This is the only series with a female main character that my son likes!
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Read with C. She picks the oddest library books at times! I did like there was a picture on every page.
Christine Van Zandt
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
While other series books can feel like they're phoning it in after a while, Jim Benton's Book #7 THE FRANDIDATE is still spot-on with its humor and clever story line. This book introduces kids to the election process as Franny decides to run for class president. She takes her teacher's advice (trying to think of her classmates as individuals) too literally and uses her Atomic Combiner to change her appearance to suit what each person/voter wants. Benton plays with the ideas of being two-faced an ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, this is the one where Benton officially lost his mind and slipped into some sort of JG Ballard fugue state when he was writing. Franny invents a skin that, when worn, is able to give the gazer exactly what it wants to hear. She attempts to use this power to become president of the United States, but then the skin sucks her in and develops a mind of its own and only her mom can save her. There's a metaphor here somewhere in this weirdest of weird finale. God I love this series.
Edward Creter
READ....MY....LIPS! FRANNY K. STEIN HAS RETURNED!!! This one has Fran running for political office....and as she's only ten it has to be for class president, not so much the White House Seat, which has not stopped our mini-mad scientist from plotting Hilary Clinton-esque plans for world conquest! (She's a kid genius. She's allowed.) With steely precision and a stubborn tenacity worthy of FDR himself, she has created the ultimate way to get schoolkids to like her as a proper role model, and in sp ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
This is the last 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 the other books in the series.

This story tells what happens when Franny learns about politics and decides to run for class president. The resulting experiment is both humorous and horrific; more of a commentary on our current American political climate than anything. I loved the lesson t
Thurston Hunger
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: class presidents and class clowns
Read this and am reading most of the series with/to my six year old twin boys, who definitely enjoy Benton's work. In particular, the Frandidate was noteworthy as for me it oddly echoed "Perfume" (the movie and book). The humor is gentle enough, not strictly relying on gross-out gimmicks by any stretch, indeed there are more often puns, which works for me.

But above all Benton's imagination is very playful and yet purposeful. I guess one might quibble with the fact that science repeatedly creates
Courtney Umlauf
Franny's class is electing a president, and Franny decides to give it a go. After one failed experimental attempt to mash all her classmates' interests into one fearsome creature, Franny instead designs something that's sure to bring in the votes. The Frandiate skin can morph into whatever a voter wants to see in a candidate, changing to meet each individual's desires. But when the Frandidate skin takes over, it's Igor who must save the world from being conquered by Franny's latest mad scientist ...more
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
I wonder why do Franny want to be a scientist? I also wonder why do she like to hart people? I can relat to Franny because when I was in 6th grade my dream was to be a scientist.
I did not agree with the part were she tryed to brive the kids by there favotite T.V shows. I can relat to her because when ever I want something I would do what ever it takes to get what I want when I want it.I wonder if she has a father because in the book it does not say if she got a father or not? There's one thin
Penny Peck
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-ya
In this seventh entry in the Franny K. Stein series, Franny creates the perfect candidate for class president. Since Franny is a mad scientist, be sure to include some science-related activities, as well as:
• Franny proposes exploding chalk – use sidewalk chalk to do art on the library patio area.
• Franny proposes healthy lunches – so serve fruit as a snack.
• Do some simple hands-on science experiments to dazzle the audience.
• Check out for a video of ho
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Cautionary Tale, Preferably Required Reading Across the Land.
First, know that this is a very amusing and well laid-out story of the pint-sized mad scientist.
It is a cleverly sophisticated children's book with several indirect layers of social and psychological commentary. A really great addition to any young reader's collection. I'd like to say I wish the entire country had read this one before the 2016 election, though many would have applied its lessons to their own biases, entirely missin
Apr 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-books
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My 7 yo is reading this one. It is a good follow up to the Ricky Ricotta series. Kids who like Ricky and Captain Underpants should like Franny, the young mad scientist. My son likes the pictures and the general silliness. He loves science and anything gross or gruesome so this strange little girl ( even though she is a girl) fits the bill. He laughs out loud at her weird experiments and began and ended the book with a study of the pictures, which are downright captivating.
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Frany K. Stein books are a quick read and this one was just as funny as the others. At one point I couldn't stop laughing when I saw one of the illustrations (see page 40). I don't think I'd ever really vote for Franny (no matter what crazy inventions she came up with to try to convince me otherwise), but I sure vote for Jim Benton writing more of these hilarious books!
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
The seventh installment in the Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist series uses humor and amusing illustrations to teach a valuable lesson. Franny learns that making promises you can't keep is dangerous and that telling the truth ultimately sets you free... (click here for full review
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Jan 26, 2009 is currently reading it
my review of this book is this book is so fynny and it makes you think a lot and somtimes these kind of books have a message like in this one it isabout how truth will ste you free and it is also really funnyi love this book and i recomed this book to any body who liies funny and who likes a message in there story
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Franny's attempting to build the perfect class president. Because it would be wrong to take over the world using her devices, but it's perfectly okay if everyone votes for her.


The Franidate is a fascinating idea, and the book addresses voting in a novel way for young children.
Eric Henderson
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My daughter and I have now read all of the Franny K. Stein books, and this last one was the best. Dead-on social satire for grown-ups, and an earnest rebuke of politicians everywhere for the kids. Exceptionally well-done.
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I liked it. It was about when franny wanted to be class president. So she made this frandidate soup so that everybody would say yes to her. It worked and she made everyone pick her, but frandidate soup started to work by itself and franny had to stop it!
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, read-in-2015
I've now read this entire series to both kids. Both kids seem to dig the idea of a little girl mad scientist.

Also, the Frandidate is eerily similar to a current presidential candidate. Kind of terrifying, really.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Always wanted to read one of the Franny K. Stein books..The Frandidate is such a great title, I couldn't resist. Overall funny, amusing illustrations and loved all of her inventions. The plot is light but the kids not quite old enough for the Wimpy Kid books would enjoy, boys included.
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think that Franny is a really good character! I think she would be a good friend.
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