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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.
A great book to read aloud to your kids.
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.
Buy this and read it to your child and the two of you, and your whole family, will be quoting from it for decades to come.Published 9 hours ago by Mem Morman
I love that Judith Viorst illustrates that even kids can have crummy days! This book is a classic that my students love.Published 11 hours ago by Paula A. Moore
I loved this book when I was tiny, and it's still just as witty and amusing. My 1.5 year old enjoys it, too! The lesson is simple: Some days are like that.Published 20 hours ago by Rachel Lange
Classic short story. excellent art work. Great opportunity to discuss life's up and downs. Six more words, hu? Jiffy Pop is my favorite popcorn!Published 6 days ago by Cole