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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

No Clean Clothes

by (author) Robert Munsch

illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Humorous Stories, School & Education, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


A relatable, laugh-out-loud story about what happens when you run out of clean laundry.


Lacey never puts her clothes in the laundry hamper, until once morning she goes to get dressed for school she finds she has . . . no clean clothes!

Her mom tells Lacey to wear a shirt her grandma gave her — a weird one that says: “Kiss me, I’m perfect!” Lacey just knows the other kids are going to make fun of her.

On the way to school, Lacey meets a cat, a dog, and an eagle. They all read her T-shirt, then give her a kiss! Then she meets a moose, who gives her a large wet moose kiss, right up the front of her face and over the top of her head. Lacey is thrilled — maybe this shirt is wonderful, not weird! But when her classmate reads the shirt and gives her a peck on the cheek: YUCK! BOY KISS!

Robert Munsch wrote this story for a girl from Stewart, B.C., a place full of all the wildlife in the book! The day he visited the school there, the kids could not go out for recess because there were two grizzly bears on the playground. Lacey was in grade one and was wearing a t-shirt that said, “KISS ME, I’M PERFECT!” This classic Munsch tale is now reissued with a bright new cover design.


About the authors

El reconocido narrador ROBERT MUNSCH ha escrito decenas de libros para niños, entre ellos: Paper Bag Princess y Mortimer. Él vive con su familia en Guelph, Ontario.

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MICHAEL MARTCHENKO est né à Carcassonne, en France. Il s'installe au Canada avec sa famille alors qu'il a 7 ans. En 1966, il décroche son diplôme du Collège des arts de l'Ontario et devient bientôt directeur d'une agence publicitaire. C'est lors d'une exposition d'art graphique que Robert Munsch découvre le travail de Michael Martchenko. Michael a reçu le prix Libris 2006, Illustrateur de l'année.


MICHAEL MARTCHENKO has illustrated dozens of books, and is most famous for his work with Robert Munsch, including Smelly Socks (Tes chaussettes sentent la mouffette!), Makeup Mess (Maquillage à gogo) and We Share Everything! (On partage tout!). He lives in Burlington, Ontario.


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Librarian Reviews

No Clean Clothes

While getting dressed for school, Lacey finds she has no clean clothes, except for one weird shirt. But she’s afraid that the kids in the class will laugh at her.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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