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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 the Puzzle edition.
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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
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 book. Alexander definitely is NOT having a good day. It helps kids learn to laugh at misfortune, to know they're not alone in feeling misunderstood and unfairly treated sometimes, and that running away from their problems to magical far-off places probably won't solve anything, and sometimes you just have to get through the bad stuff and hope tomorrow will be better.
My 3yo granddaughter and I read this book as a "duet," with her enthusiastically doing the "tewwible, howwible, no good, vewy bad day!" lines in her adorable little voice. This is actually our second copy, the first was paper and falling apart from use, so I got her the cardboard version to make sure we can keep reading it together for years to come. :)