Bad Hair Day
Author and Illustrator: Jim Benton
Published July 23rd, 2019 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Summary: Franny K. Stein isn’t a fan of glamour. She doesn’t style her hair, the thought of wearing makeup makes her want to gag, and she couldn’t care less about wearing dressy dresses when she’d much prefer her lab coat.
But sometimes Franny wonders if her mom wishes she were different. Which gives Franny an idea…for an experiment! What if she can turn the beauty products her mom loves into something more exciting?
Every experiment has its experimental error, and when Franny’s hair takes on a life of its own, Franny must save the day (and her hair).
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.
Review: Franny K. Stein is not worried about all those other things other people worry about–she just wants to do experiments and other mad scientists things. And you know what, I love that!!! And I definitely saw what Benton was trying to do with this book when it comes to glamour and such, but I, as a parent, just didn’t like to see Franny’s mom put a bit of passive aggressive pressure on Franny to be anything other than her amazing self. I mean, she makes creatures and fights them–what does a little messy hair matter?! But in the end, Franny’s mom and the reader are reminded of this, so once again Franny can go on being herself.
Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: Simon and Schuster have a wonderful curriculum guide to use with this series: CLICK HERE.
- Franny’s mom is supportive of Franny, but she also questions her. How did you feel about how Franny’s mom in this book?
- I like to describe Franny as awesome, as in I am awe-struck by her. What traits does Franny have that would lead me to describe her this way?
- Why did Franny’s pig tails act differently than her ponytails?
- How was Franny’s mom wrong about Igor?
- Would Franny be successful in her monster fighting without Igor? Why or why not?
Flagged Passages: CHAPTER ONE: FRANNY’S HOUSE
The Stein family lived in the pretty pink house with the lovely purple shutters down at the end of Daffodil Street. Everything about the house was bright and cheery.
But, of course, the outside of a house is never as interesting as what’s going on inside it.
And inside this house, behind the little round upstairs window, something interesting was always going on, because this was the bedroom and laboratory of Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist.
Last week, for example, Franny developed a giant sea horse, and the day before that she worked on a way to fly based on how bats flap their wings.
Those projects became pretty expensive, so Franny needed to get a piggy bank to save her money in.
Of course, being a mad scientist, she created her piggy bank from a real live pig, which meant that she had to learn all she could about pigs.
This got pretty messy, but she didn’t mind getting messy, because that’s just what happens when you’re doing mad science.
Read This If You Love: Dear Dumb Diary series, Frank Einstein series, Zita the Spacegirl series