Title: Franny K. Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us
Author: Jim Benton
Grade Level: 2-4
For: Anyone who loves funny books, kids who are into science or monster movies, struggling readers in older grades.
Franny lives on a pretty street, in a pretty house, in a pretty room… that she frequently redecorates with bats and science experiments whenever she gets the chance. She is a mad scientist and, while her parents don’t quite understand her, she gets along just fine. At school, she has the best teacher who advises Franny that perhaps she needs some friends. One thing leads to another and before long, a lunch meat monster of Franny’s creation is rescuing her teacher from the top of a flag pole. Moral? Yes. But it’s presented in such a hilarious way that the even the tired trope of “be yourself” doesn’t seem all that tired.
Final Grade: A+