Sad Underwear and Other Complications

More Poems for Children and their Parents

Illustrated by Richard Hull
LIST PRICE $17.99

About The Book

Knock, knock
Who's there?
Someone with sad underwear.
Sad underwear? How can that be?
When my best friend's mad at me,
Everything is sad.
Even my underwear.


But sad underwear is just one of the many complications a person has to deal with. There's the first day of school ("Will they let me go when I need to go to the bathroom?") and pests like Wayne ("a fellow who clogs up life's drain") and bee stings and liver for supper -- and missing your dad.

This companion volume to the acclaimed If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries has poems for explorers and dreamers, for people who love unicorns, for people who'd rather have pets than baby sisters. Funny, poignant and always true, it examines and celebrates life with all of its perplexing complications.

About The Author

Photograph by Debbie Wager

Judith Viorst is the author of the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies; the Lulu books, including Lulu and the Brontosaurus; the New York Times bestseller Necessary Losses; four musicals; and poetry for children and young adults. Her most recent books of poetry include What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? and Nearing Ninety.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 1, 1995)
  • Length: 80 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689319297
  • Grades: 1 - 4
  • Ages: 6 - 9
  • Lexile ® NP

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Awards and Honors

  • CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies

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