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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 text refers to the Hardcover edition.
My children read this book over and over again.
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.
Sometimes we just can't win, whether as kids suffering the pains of a world they're not ready for, or as adults who just can't get ahead in the rat race no matter what. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
This wasn't a horrible book but it wasn't a great one either. My 2 year old granddaughter which usually sits for a while being read to didn't find this interesting either... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Rosa Cline
I read this book to my kindergartener and couldn't help but think this Alexander kid can be pretty sarcastic! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Rebecca Edney
Love reading this book to my little one --- brings back memories of my parents reading it to me and it's just like I remembered it!Published 6 days ago by SP83
Product is fine, exactly as described, shipping and fulfillment fine, as usual.Published 6 days ago by doctorgus
This is one of my favorite books of all time, however, the Kindle edition is terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad. The pictures and the text are tiny. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Whitney A. Masterson