Reviews for Invisible Fran
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring
Trying to get her classmates interested in her hobby of "mad science," Franny drinks a formula to make herself invisible and then influences other kids to work on her homemade robot. The catastrophic consequences are typically exaggerated in this fast-paced episode, but the illustrations look rushed and the humor seems more forced than earlier volumes in this series. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 2005 January
Gr 2-5-Hobby Day provides the perfect opportunity for Franny to share her passion for science with her classmates, but they only seem interested in mundane pastimes such as Irish step-dancing, accordion playing, stamp collecting, and baking cookies. She decides to capture their imaginations with an unfinished two-headed robot. Though the students are initially unimpressed, Franny concocts an invisibility formula and uses the power of suggestion to coax three of the children to work on it. Frantically correcting their misguided efforts, she convinces the clueless amateurs that they are indeed mad scientists. The plan backfires when the trio secretly returns to school to finish the job. By morning, their creation has wrecked the building. Misspelled graffiti and giant spit wads lead the horrified heroine to the library where she struggles to stop the reckless robot. Ironically, her friends save the day with their boring hobbies. As a final touch, Franny transforms the flattened robot into a pastry oven and bakes pretty cookies. Every page of the 19 short chapters features cartoons rendered in pen, ink, and watercolor. The pigtailed protagonist looks suitably "mad" with her demonic grin and narrowed eyes. Children will particularly enjoy the image of the cafeteria ladies secretly sculpting a life-size model from lunch meat. Beginning readers and fans of the popular cartoon Dexter's Laboratory will enjoy this offering.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.