Pre-Release Review: Don’t Wear Polka-dot Underwear with White Pants, and Other Lessons I’ve Learned by Allison Gutknecht


Title: Don’t Wear Polka-dot Underwear with White Pants, and Other Lessons I’ve Learned
Author: Allison Gutknecht
Illustrator: Stevie Lewis
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Aladdin
Pages: 144
ISBN: 978-1442483934
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Ages 7 – 10
Publication Date: 12 November, 2013
Pre-Order Now:  Amazon  §  Barnes&Noble 
Stars:  4

About the Book: 

Eight-year-old Mandy Berr learns life lessons with patriotic pizazz in the first adventure of a new chapter book series.

Eight-year-old Mandy Berr has a lot going on. She has to share her parents’ attention with her newborn twin siblings, who are always crying, and her little brother, Timmy, who is constantly in her way. And she also has to find a way to deal with her nemesis, Dennis, who has a knack for getting under her skin.

At least Mandy has the upcoming Presidential Pageant to look forward to at school. She is determined to be President George Washington—she is perfect for the lead part, after all. But when Mandy’s teacher makes a surprising choice, it looks like Mandy will have to keep sharing the spotlight. Can she find her own way to shine?

Mandy has some valuable life lessons to learns in this adorable chapter book—including the fact that white pants and polka dot underwear are never a good combination.

Book Review:

Mandy is a cleverly voiced and strong-willed young girl who is going through every first-born’s issues both in school and at home. The lunch recess monitors don’t let them play the “best” games ever, she can’t do a cartwheel, and she can’t find out if she gets to be George Washington for her school pageant. Most importantly, she has to wear white pants, which she just knows will get dirty, or something spilled on them.

When direct sunlight reveals a new mishap that she hadn’t thought of, and the worst boy in school sees she is wearing polka dot underwear, she just knows her mother knows nothing.

Cleverly penned, Mandy’s point of view is clear and typically eight years old. Mixing some humor with self-pity and necessary lessons in proper behaviour, patience and even friendship, this was a cleverly written story. Vaguely reminiscent of the Ramona Quimby stories, the language and scenes are completely age appropriate and easy to learn from, with Mandy as both entertainment and teacher. A good story for children who are experiencing their own struggles with expanding families, classroom structure and friends.

I received an ARC copy from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review as part of Children Read week at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:

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