Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Book Club: Franny K. Stein

It's the last Book Club of the school year. *sniff sniff*

For our last book, we read Franny K. Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton, because who doesn't love a silly mad scientist*?

Shout out to Born Librarian for discussion question inspiration. Simon and Schuster also has fun printables.

First we introduced ourselves by saying our names and what mad scientist invention we want to make. I said Quiet Spray. Most of the kids had some sort of ice cream/bubble gum/pizza/donut gun.

Then we recounted the plot.

Then we talked about the types of experiments *we* did in school.

And what types of science fair project we thought Franny K. might do.

Then, a lot of the kids said that Franny was evil, so I asked if they'd be friends with her, and a lot said no, because she was mean. So, we tried to talk about how weird was not evil, and Franny never did anything bad. (Some kids had a hard time wrapping their head around the fact that the first evil monster was not invented by Franny.)

We also talked a lot about unstable industrial waste, as they didn't know what that was. I explained that some times when factories make things, there's bad stuff left over, like poison. And they said "like carbon monoxide?" worse dude. worse. I tried not to freak them out so we switched over the the role that unstable industrial waste plays in monster/superhero origin stories.

And that's it until fall!

*Franny K. always makes me want to watch episode after episode of Dexter's Laboratory.

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