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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Paperback – July 15, 1987
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"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."
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 Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Objecting loudly to his family's plans to relocate, the hero of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day "makes a gratifying return," said PW. Ages 5-8.
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Top customer reviews
This book is beautifully illustrated. My girls loved the story, and the book is a nice size with quality weight paper pages. I think the little ones can kind of relate to all the terrible things that happen to Alexander in the book, and it's a nice way to kind of let them know that sometimes their grumpy feelings are normal. This is now one of our favorite nightly stories, and they ask for it often.
Humor with words & illustrations that babies & school kids LOVE…!
Even 10 mo old babies love the drama….& rhythmic Terrible, Horrible, No Good…Very Bad Day …!
Babies love naming the toys strewn under his bed… & other details, further into the story….
When I taught school -- it was one of my 3rd & 4th graders favorite quick stories to help them re-engage -- after lunch & recess.
TLN Golden, Colorado
We know that adults have "those days," but here's Alexander, just another boy with brothers, and he's having one of THOSE days.
Viorst writes it as Alexander sees it, making this the perfect book for children and adults of any age who've had that kind of day.
Most recent customer reviews
signed my 8 year old son lol