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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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Unfortunately the kindle version really drops the ball. It's a good thing that I know the words off by heart because on the page they are almost too small to read. Compressing two pages at a time of an oversized book to the size of a tablet screen just doesn't work. There is not a zoom option, nor is there a page select option for this -even though there is for most kindle books. This means that not only can I not get a closer look but every time we read it I then have to leaf back through the entire book, one page at a time, to read it again. Epic fail, Amazon. Inedible content is the only thing saving this.
The story had me cracking up so badly. It is really hilarious! I think I enjoyed it far too much ... definitely more than my 10 month old. She looked puzzled by all the laughter. I read the comment about the use of the word "hate" in the book. It didn't bother me but I guess it is an opportunity to teach your child. (To each his own.)
Regrettably I bought the kindle version and the print is VERY fine! (And I do have perfect vision.) Additionally it does not allow you to increase the font size and two pages appear at a time. I struggled to see the words.