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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite
Mandy (The Not So Magnificent Helper) by Karen Christopher is a humorous and enjoyable book for children. The story follows a young girl named Mandy Smithers who loves playing house. One day, Mandy's mother asks her to help out with a few things around the house whilst she is out running errands. Mandy is so excited to help her mother out and quickly makes a start with the first thing on the list; Strip the beds. Mandy sees this as strange, as well as many of the other jobs on the list, but happily gets on with them. Mandy's mother arrives home to find just how helpful Mandy has been, but it is clear to her that Mandy had seen things differently from her mother, and had misunderstood what was meant by each of the jobs on the list.
Grab a copy of Mandy (The Not So Magnificent Helper) and prepare to be entertained! Every page of author Karen Christopher's book, Mandy (The Not So Magnificent Helper), had me in stitches of laughter. Any child reading this book will surely be amused by Mandy's take on common household tasks. The book is light-hearted and I feel the main focus is to entertain the reader, which it certainly does! As well as being entertaining, this book could also spark an interest in children wanting to help out their parents, which could prove to be useful, or if they're like Mandy, maybe not. The illustrations by Jamel Carroll are outstanding and creative; children will love them. So get yourself a copy and let the laughter begin.