Reviews for Fran That Time Forgot
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
When everyone at school learns Franny's middle name (Kissypie), she becomes a laughingstock. Franny goes back in time to change her name, but her visit has disastrous consequences, proven when she time travels to the future and meets her evil teen-self. While the cartoon illustrations compete for space with the fast-paced text, both are rich in humor and personality. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 March #3
Holy Humiliations! When the heroine first introduced in Lunch Walks Among Us wins the Science Fair Award, the principal proudly announces the girl's full name: Franny Kissypie Stein in Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist: The Fran that Time Forgot by Jim Benton. As the girl tries to travel back in time to change her middle name, fallout ensues. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2005 August
Gr 2-4-Franny K. Stein likes to project a menacing image, so she is mortified when her classmates learn that her middle name is Kissypie. Embarrassed by all the teasing, she invents a time-warp device to travel back and change her birth certificate to read Kaboom. While she is in the past, she tells her infant self, "There is nothing worse than being laughed at." Unfortunately, Baby Franny takes the lesson too much to heart. When she decides to take a peek at her future self before returning to her own time, she discovers that Teen Franny is out of control. Determined that no one will ever laugh at her again, the adolescent super villain is out to conquer the world. Can Franny save civilization from herself? The short, deadpan text is just spooky enough for transition readers and the black-and-white cartoon illustrations add to the mock-gothic atmosphere. There is even a subtle message about courage and self-confidence. A great choice for younger readers who demand "a scary one."-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.