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

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

by Jim Benton


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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 attacks the class, everyone knows it's up to a mad scientist to save the day. But has Franny lost her creepy, crawly ways?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689862953
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 08/10/2004
Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 119,268
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.32(d)
Lexile: 780L (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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Chapter Five: The Experiment Begins

The next day Franny came to school prepared to start her experiment. Before class she observed some of the girls playing with dolls. Franny was delighted. She knew about dolls.

She loved dolls. In fact she loved them so much that she had even made some special modifications to the ones she had at home.

She was just about to tell the girls how Chompolina could bite the heads off their dolls when she noticed something. Their dolls were all kind of...sweet, and pretty. They all had long hair and flowery dresses. Not a single one of them oozed uck. They didn't ooze anything.

Franny made a note to herself: Pretty, non-head-biting dolls, it said. And less oozing.

At lunchtime Franny sat down at a table with a bunch of kids. She was getting ready to take out her exquisitely delicious crab ravioli in pumpkin sauce when she made another observation.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on her left, lunch-meat sandwiches on her right. As far as Franny's eyes could see was a carpet of soft, white, squishy sandwiches.

No casseroles, no stews, no shish kebabs; just sandwiches.

"Is this all they ever eat?" she whispered to herself. And she made another note: Squashy sandwiches, it said. Franny stuffed her lunch into the trash.

During recess the kids decided to play softball. "I have the ball," one of them said.

"But we need a bat," another one said.

A bat! Franny thought. Finally. Something I understand! She reached into her backpack to get one.

Just then a little boy ran past her with a baseball bat. "Batter up!" he shouted.

"Hmmm," said Franny. "There's more than one kind of bat."

As her classmates started playing, she took out her notebook and made another note: A bat can also be a big stick you use to hit things, she wrote.

Copyright © 2003 by James Benton

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National Enquirer Smart, confident, and totally PUNK!

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books This has the glib, kid-appealing insouciance of Captain Underpants with an intelligence all its own.

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Lunch Walks Among Us 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 8 yr. old daughter loves this series! Franny is not your typical girl- and neither is my daughter. She loved reading about someone who is not "average". She is smart, but doesn't like all the girly stuff like flowers, pink, dolls. She still manages to find a way to have friends while still being herself. A wonderful message for any child to take with them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite character in this book was Franny, because she¿s a mad scientist. I liked the part of the book when Franny makes a meat monster out of her classmates¿ lunches.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suger yes pleause wont you come wont love its all right need a little somthing its all right
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this searies! I like how she's special . ~Forever76247~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old daughter read the entire series in a matter of weeks! And my son, who is 4, has me check out the audio books from the library because he loves them too. Usually my daughter would read the books aloud to me, but sometimes she would read a chapter or so on her own. If she did this, I would find myself in her room while she was at school reading the book myself, because I wanted to know what happened! :) Our family definitely gets a kick out of Franny!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I have a girl. That would be perfect for you! Shes beautiful. And so nice. Her name is Kacy, " plz write me bk!
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She is awsome i love her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seris is very fun to read. It takes you places. I love this seris . It is so easy to read but exicited to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like books. Especially jim bentons. I like pie too. Its not everyday you see a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter started reading this series when she was 5. Now, at 7, she's read them all several times. Every time we go to the bookstore we check the shelf in the hopes that there is a new one. Though I've looked and looked, I've never been able to find another series that captures her interest as much as this one. Please, Mr. Benton, write some more books about Franny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter is 9years old. This was her #1 item on her Christmas list this year. SHe has read 3 Franny K Stein books and loves them. She continues to request these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps kids interested while improving reading skills.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book soooooooo much. Go read it in your library today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Franny is so funny. I love Jim Bentons series. No matter what age you are you'll love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite character is Franny because she makes cool things . I liked the time my character made a monster out of meat. And she saved the day when the monster took her teacher. All her friends loved her. Franny was the hero of the day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perfect combo of text and cartoons to keep the pages turning quickly for my 6 year old daughter. Great kid-humor. Daughter is re-reading her favorite parts. We can't wait for #2 in the series.
PuffyBear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really nice series. This book is one of those must read books. I read it over at least 5 times. Highly recommended for children. And, also did you notice that her name is Franny K. Stein and she is a mad scientist, well I think that the joke is that it's like Frankenstien. Really neat! In this book Franny tries to be an ordinary girl instead of a mad scientist. At school there is this trash bin which people threw many things in but, one day the junk in the trash can turns into a monster. So Franny K. Stein to the rescue! Franny has to turn back into her mad scientist self so she can save her lovely teacher, Mrs. Shelly from the hideous monster. Will Franny Rescue Mrs. Shelly before it's to late. Read this book and find out! A really enjoyable book!
mkschoen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love that it¿s a girl. At first took some time to warm to the character (does she have Asperberger¿s?) but overall nice message ¿ you want friends who like you for who you are, not who you pretend to be. But don¿t knock something until you try it ¿ you might like some aspect of it. (And finale reminded me of Buffy¿s senior prom).
cnolasco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lunch Walks Among Us tells the story of Franny K. Stein who is a child mad scientist. She is much different from the other kids at school and is not really accepted, until one day she attempts a new experiment - fitting in with the regular kids. She is successful at this experiment until she accidentally creates a monster out of her left over lunch. The book is filled with humorous comments and pictures, which many children will enjoy. Although it may not be the best example of a science fiction novel, it still works as an early elementary example of sci fi because there are lunch meat monsters who battle at the end and Franny can create potions and antidotes that transform things. A cute, fun read for 7-10 year olds that adults can also enjoy.
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