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Don't Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants

Don't Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants

(And Other Lessons I've Learned)

Illustrated by: Stevie Lewis
For Ages: 7 - 10
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.
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442483934 | 
  • November 2013 | 
  • Grades 2 - 5
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Don’t Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants CHAPTER 1 The Trouble with White Pants


I KEEP TELLING MOM ABOUT the White Pants, and she says to wear them anyway.

“They will make me fall down,” I explain.

“Pants do not make you fall down, Amanda,” Mom answers, because she does not understand anything at all.

“Yes, they do.” I stomp my foot and cross my arms and put on my very best “I... see more

About the Author

Allison Gutknecht
(c) [Tammy Bradshaw]

Allison Gutknecht

Allison Gutknecht grew up in Voorhees, New Jersey, with three fewer siblings than Mandy Berr. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her Master’s degree in Children’s Media and Literature from NYU. Allison lives in New York City with her rambunctious toy poodle, Gypsy, and her literate cat, Folly. She is a massive fan of polka dots.

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