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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Paperback – Picture Book, July 15, 1987
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!
This handsome new edition of Judith Viorst's classic picture book is sure to charm readers of all ages.
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I could have thought of so many wonderful teaching moments (for example when he gets out of bed and trips over with his skate board....Easy lesson: clean up your toys).
After reading this book at bedtime storytime, my 5 year old literally curled up in bed with a sunken heavy heart as a depressed adult.
I had to immediately tell her i would make up an alternate ending so I made up a “next awesome terrific day” so she can forget about the piece of crap I had just read to her. So disappointed!!!!
It's about a cranky little boy who just wants to be miserable. This author is not impressive if this is a good example of her writing talent. I don't see any writing talent at all - just a big price tag for the book!!
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.
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I first encountered Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day many years ago in Library School. While I was in the main office trying to fix some mistakes in my registration for the next term's classes, my pencil broke, the hem of my coat unravelled, and I dropped my books. Mae Benne, a beloved and much-respected figure in children's literature, stepped out of her office and handed me a copy of this book. It helped! The book is charmingly written and it is easy for anyone who has ever had a bad day to feel better after reading it.
Since then I have not only read this wonderful book to my own children, but I have kept a copy at hand in the various training programs where I have worked to cheer trainees who are having a bad day. I bought two copies of the book last month while I was visiting family in the UK, one to give my little granddaughter, and one to give to her school. My granddaughter loves it as much as I do, although she needed to know for example, that "sneakers" are trainers.
I would count this as a classic book!
His favourite saying is 'this is the worst day ever!' , so I had to buy this when I saw it.
Fortunately he can see the funny side, and we can have a giggle about some of his worst days too. Lovely.