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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.
Like the idea of the story for kids to learn that not everyday is going to be a super-duper day getting everything they want. Good lesson to learn early. Read morePublished 2 days ago by little lady blue
I bought this for my grand children 2 1/2 and 4. It was recommended by a friend that taught preschool. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Miss ElaineVa.
Book came in a couple of days and is brand new, as advertised. Very satisfiedPublished 3 days ago by Christine
One of the best books aimed at kids that can speak to adults who are searching for happiness elsewhere. No matter where you go, there you are.Published 3 days ago by Becky M. Brooks