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So begin the trials and tribulations of the irascible Alexander, who has been earning the sympathy of readers since 1972. People of all ages have terrible, horrible days, and Alexander offers us the cranky commiseration we crave as well as a reminder that things may not be all that bad. As Alexander's day progresses, he faces a barrage of bummers worthy of a country- western song: getting smushed in the middle seat of the car, a dessertless lunch sack, a cavity at the dentist's office, stripeless sneakers, witnessing kissing on television, and being forced to sleep in railroad-train pajamas. He resolves several times to move to Australia.
Judith Viorst flawlessly and humorously captures a child's testy temperament, rendering Alexander sympathetic rather than whiny. Our hero's gum-styled hair and peevish countenance are artfully depicted by Ray Cruz's illustrations. An ALA Notable Book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a great antidote to bad days everywhere, sure to put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces. (Ages 5 to 9)
This book is a great read for children and very meaningful.
In the end, we were able to discover that EVERYONE has a terrible, horrible, very bad day once in a while (even in Australia, as Alexander says).
I bought this book as a present/card for a baby shower...I always buy this book as part of my gift for new parents.
I liked it a lot. It was one of the best books ever. I laughed while reading it. Poor Alexander.Published 1 day ago by Amy
EXCELLENT WRITING and very funny. There is a movie coming out soon based on the book. We've all had horrible, terrible no good, very bad days at one time or another.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Alexander just knows it will be a bad day when he wakes up with gum in his hair and trips over his skateboard. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mark Baker
This is one of my favorite children's books. Every one has bad days. This is the story of Alexander who wakes up to a horrible day. Nothing can seem to go right. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Michelle McBeth
Classic kids book. I read this book with my mom when I was a little kid in the mid-eighties...and now I read it to my son who is 5. And he enjoyed it just as much as I did. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Lukesmom
Still a wonderful classic book to read with the kids! Colorful Alexander brings the illustrations to life every time it is read.Published 17 days ago by Lee Ann Heaton Fuller