A Cast Is the Perfect Accessory: (And Other Lessons I've Learned)

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Eight-year-old Mandy Berr is spirited, sassy, and determined to shine—even if she’s not the center of attention!

After learning the hard way that polka dot underwear and white pants are not the best combination, Mandy Berr has gotten over that fashion faux pas, and has (almost) recovered from not being named George Washington in the recent Presidential Pageant.

But just when things seem like they might be back in her favor, her former nemesis, ...

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Overview

Eight-year-old Mandy Berr is spirited, sassy, and determined to shine—even if she’s not the center of attention!

After learning the hard way that polka dot underwear and white pants are not the best combination, Mandy Berr has gotten over that fashion faux pas, and has (almost) recovered from not being named George Washington in the recent Presidential Pageant.

But just when things seem like they might be back in her favor, her former nemesis, Natalie, manages to steal Mandy’s spotlight—again. A broken wrist for Natalie means a cool cast and the attention of Mandy’s classmates…even from Anya, Mandy’s BFF.

Can Mandy figure out a way to get back into the center of attention, win back her best friend, AND snag a pair of fancy-dancy periwinkle sunglasses?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Alison Johansen
Did you ever get tons of attention at school while wearing a cast? Or did you ever want one so you could? Spunky and mischievous eight-year-old Mandy Berry wants a cast more than ever, especially because another girl in her class has one that has captured the attention of her best friend Anya! Or, if Mandy cannot have a cast, she at least wants some fancy periwinkle sunglasses. These are her wishes and she does everything she can to make them come true. This delightfully quirky and humorous story may be written for middle-graders, but it’s sure to be a hit with older kids and their parents too as Mandy gets herself into lots of mischief at home and at school. From biting all the points off of her family’s pizza slices while her dad tends to “the twins” to trying to break something on her body to get a cast of her own, Mandy is silly and endearing. Gutknecht offers the perfect sequel to this eight-year-old’s antics in Don’t Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants as Mandy learns about friendship, family and a few things about herself. Lewis aptly sprinkles humorous and cute illustrations of Mandy throughout the story to capture our attention and imagination. At the end of the 10 chapters and 144 pages, Gutknecht provides Mandy’s top ten lessons: number two being that a cast is the perfect accessory! Reviewer: Alison Johansen; Ages 7 to 10.
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2014-01-29
Eight-year-old Mandy is back, as bossy and insecure as ever (Don't Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants, 2013). In the second installment in this chapter-book series, Mandy's friendship with Anya is in jeopardy. Goody-goody Natalie steals Mandy's thunder again—this time by breaking her wrist. Their teacher assigns Anya to be Natalie's assistant, which leaves little time for Mandy and Anya to play. Mandy's jealous reaction to seeing Anya with another friend is to retreat, pout and be, as her mother says, a "crankypants." Mandy's behavior threatens to overwhelm the book right from the beginning. In the first chapter alone, she eats a bit out of each piece of pizza in the box, calls her father a "bad babysitter," demands gummy bears and "fancy-dancy periwinkle sunglasses" of her grandmother, and calls her little brother "stupid." It's easy to see why she clings to Anya so fiercely, but this does not make Mandy any more likable. Young readers might learn a little from Mandy, but it's unlikely that they would choose her as a friend. More likely, they will empathize with poor Anya, pulled between a smothering BFF and a new buddy. The all-too-simple resolution is a relief, but it's also completely unbelievable. Even the most wayward child readers would agree that Mandy needs stronger adult direction. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442483958
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 166,364
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Stevie Lewis grew up in Southern California and works in the animation industry as a visual development artist. She studied computer animation at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, rock climbing, baking cookies, browsing thrift shops, and drinking delicious coffee! She lives in San Francisco with her two little dogs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Mandy Berr is back in the 2nd book of this series ... and as sas

    Mandy Berr is back in the 2nd book of this series ... and as sassy as ever. Her latest dilemma - competing with Natalie's new cast for the attention of their 2nd grade class - brings the reader back to elementary school and to the world of monkey bar races and line leaders.  Gutknecht's witty take on "life as an eight-year old" makes Mandy relatable to young children and entertaining for parents, too. As the chapters progress, Mandy's trademark stubbornness softens a bit, and the reader is left with several "feel good" moments to ponder. In particular, the final chapters serve to teach children about the importance of friendship and family.  A very enjoyably read that left me and my nieces with smiles on our faces. Recommended for ages 7 to 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    I wrote this book with my bff

    My name is Stevie. Hers iis Alison&#9787

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Soooo

    Annoying.

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