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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 Hardcover 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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One night, we couldn't find the book anywhere (I SWEAR I didn't "drop" it behind the bookcase!). Now I am admittedly not a fan of kindle books, I prefer hard copies, especially when it comes to reading to the kids and I certainly hate to spend money on something I already have...but little dude was so sad, I purchased it on kindle as well. The text is pretty small, the pages because they are pictures come up as one page instead of splitting which resulted in smaller text, maybe you can change the setting to do one page at a time and I'm just unaware of it, either way I'm not knocking any stars for it.
We found the original book, but now every time I read it he grabs his tablet and reads it on there right along with me. He has the thing memorized! He doesn't like that the cover is red instead of blue or that it colored because he hates change but that's just him. All in all, one of my favorite childrens books.
teaches a good lesson on coping with bad days and does it in a fun way!