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If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries: Poems for Children and their Parents Paperback – October 1, 1984

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From the Publisher

If you've ever had trouble apologizing or keeping a secret, had a crush or a broken heart, there's a poem here for you! Written with humor and understanding, Judith Viorst's poems are certain to delight children and adults alike -- and be read again and again.

About the Author

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. A 1981 graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books; children’s picture books—including the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which was made into a box-office favorite movie of the same name; adult fiction and nonfiction; poetry for children and adults; and musicals.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Series: If I Were in Charge of World A145 P (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780689707704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689707704
  • ASIN: 0689707703
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judith Viorst has written many books for children, including the classics Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and its sequels, and If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Stories. She is also the author of Just in Case, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives with her husband, Milton, in Washington D.C.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Emily Cobb Henry on November 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I, too, got this book in approximately the third grade -- 17 years ago. I am now teaching middle school literature and share this collection with all of my students; I also have given it as a gift to every person under the sun, no matter what their age! It remains, unquestionably, my favorite collection of poetry, if not for its content, then for its sheer simplicity and "perfection." (If you read it, you'll understand what I mean...) Judith Viorst magically captures the sadness, scariness, uncertainty, and immense joys of childhood and adolescence -- her rhymes are clever, too! As I return to these poems as an adult, I find them as applicable today as they were more than ten years ago. Thank you, Ms. Viorst, for such an wonderful book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Silas on March 10, 2004
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I was in the second grade when I first found this book, and subsequently read and memorized each poem. Viorst has an astounding ability to incorporate the hightened emotions of childhood with the reality of aging. She can be whimsical and rhythmic as well as dramatic and mornful. I would recommend buying this for any relative, friend, or yourself no matter what age. I still have my very first copy given to me by my grandmother and have yet to go a year without picking it up. Believe me, it is more than it seems.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2000
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I originally got this book from my grandparents when I was in third grade--16 or 17 years ago. I didn't like it immediately, but a few years later I fell in love with the quick rhymes and the amusing, realistic subject matter. I still have some of them memorized today: "They tell me that I talk too much. I'm trying not to talk too much..." I'm replacing the book now because I've realized that I lost it sometime in the last year, and I still enjoy re-reading it now. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Brown on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'd give every family a copy of this book. It's now a read-aloud favorite of a 2nd generation - eliciting the same giggles and groans it did when first published.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paige Smith on October 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is a handy tool if you are a substitute teacher or a room parent. The poems lend themselves to creative writing exercises for students of all ages. Even though the book is a bit dated, the poetry speaks to the basic truths of children that we all can identify with, young and old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Lewis on December 10, 2010
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I got this book for Christmas when I was 9, I think. It's been a favorite ever since. I still have my original copy with the childish cursive "Mine" etched in the front to let my sister know that it was not hers. I read the poems to my own chilren now, and we giggle about them together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. McDonough on January 18, 2009
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My mom gave me this collection of poems when I was a kid and I adored it. This year I gave it to my 8-year-old niece for x-mas, but not before reading every single poem aloud and realizing that they were all still etched into my heart.
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By Serious Walker on October 24, 2013
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I have owned this book for several years. It has fun little poems written "for children" but understood by adults as well. There are several favorites that I quote to my children regularly. This copy I bought for a child who just had a child. It is time to pass the legacy along. Judith Viorst also wrote Alexander and his Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day and a few other books that my children loved growing up.

I thought about sharing a favorite or two but I couldn't narrow it down. I still quote the poems and my youngest child is grown and married. He wasn't born when the book was written, but it is still applicable in life today.

This is a delightful look at childhood that I enjoy sharing and remembering.
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