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About the Author
Joanne Rocklin is the author of many books for children, including The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook, which won the Golden Kite Award and was named to Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award master list. Lucy Knisley is a critically acclaimed comic creator and author of the New York Times bestselling graphic memoir Relish.
"With 'Fleabrain Loves Franny,' Joanne Rocklin has brought into being perhaps the tiniest and most accomplished hero yet: a dashing, erudite, multilingual flea"
"Convincingly set in Pittsburgh in the early 1950s, when scientists were working on a polio vaccine, and attitudes toward people with disabilities were quite different from today’s, Rocklin’s story is a conscious homage to Charlotte’s Web, many a voracious reader’s favorite book."
— Kathleen Isaacs
"With keen insight into human (and insect) relations, Rocklin creates believable, three-dimensional characters—Franny’s goody-two-shoes older sister, for example, and Franny’s old gang of friends, fearful of contagion—that help anchor the off-the-wall-fantastical elements."
— Elissa Gershowitz
"A good choice for kids who like their history with a sprinkling of whimsy."
"This book is smart, funny, and very odd; it’s a love letter to reading and to the life-saving power of imagination."
— Marjorie Ingall
"Strong characterization will make this story a favorite, and the smart, funny writing will attract readers."
— Teri Hennessy, Library Information Specialist, Wilmette (Illinois) Junior High School