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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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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 an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Alexander is a real boy--warts and all. When real kids are upset, they pour it all out in a rapid stream of words (and to heck with grammar!)--and of course, everything feels like the end of the world to them at that moment. Judith Viorst captures that very well.
We can relate because Alexander's life is like real life--lots of seemingly minor stressors can add up to one really rotten day; and because it isn't just one problem, there isn't a neat, tidy resolution at the end. In fact, in and of themselves, none of these things are really "problems"--just stuff you have to put up with sometimes. But when it all hits at once, it feels awful.
I think we've all had days like Alexander's: the alarm doesn't go off so you run out of the house late and with "bad hair," you spill coffee on your white blouse (or new tie) just before the big meeting with the boss, you snag your nylons (or lose a button), the pop machine in the breakroom eats your money, you end up having to work overtime, so when you get out to the car you find a parking ticket because you forgot to feed the meter, and then at home, dinner burns on the stove and the kids are fighting! So at the end of it all you collapse in a heap and momentarily consider running away--FAR away. Maybe even Australia! And (adding insult to injury) nobody else seems to care or empathize, because all of these things are just little petty annoyances.Read more ›
Contrary to what some reviewers say, this is not a depressing book. It's one to keep on the shelf and re-read any day things aren't going right. It has a wonderful message and is beautifully illustrated.
This is a timeless classic. Adults and children will enjoy the experience.
This is a great read-aloud book; the kids usually end up chanting (or shouting) along with the reader "It was a TERRIBLE!! HORRIBLE!! NO!! GOOD!! VERY!! BAD!! DAY!!" and Ray Cruz's pen and ink drawings are a delight and add to the fun. I've read this book to several first-graders and each one of them clamored for a repeat. This is one book that belongs on every child's bookshelf and will probably be treasured for years to come.
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I guess I never read the book as a kid. I thought I had. But there is no, "Hey, I had a bad day, but it was bad because I woke up thinking it would be bad." at the end. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tara Michelle Jackson
Great story. I have a 5 year old little girl who thought the story was fun, I liked that she learned that there are just some days that don't go your way.Published 3 days ago by casey anderson
What a great story with a wonderful message for both children and those who read to them who love them.Published 4 days ago by Judith Klepperich
I purchased Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to read to my little girls at bedtime.
This book is beautifully illustrated. Read more
Classic children's book, what's not to love? My son reads this book at least once a week. When he's having a bad day, we like to grab it off the shelf and read it together. Read morePublished 10 days ago by NRG
This is a wonderful book! My kids always enjoyed it. I am purchasing it for their collections for their own children now. This book still makes me smile! Read morePublished 13 days ago by Bensons
Great book to teach children that everyone has a bad day once in a while.Published 16 days ago by Debs