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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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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 Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Alexander is a real boy--warts and all. When real kids are upset, they pour it all out in a rapid stream of words (and to heck with grammar!)--and of course, everything feels like the end of the world to them at that moment. Judith Viorst captures that very well.
We can relate because Alexander's life is like real life--lots of seemingly minor stressors can add up to one really rotten day; and because it isn't just one problem, there isn't a neat, tidy resolution at the end. In fact, in and of themselves, none of these things are really "problems"--just stuff you have to put up with sometimes. But when it all hits at once, it feels awful.
I think we've all had days like Alexander's: the alarm doesn't go off so you run out of the house late and with "bad hair," you spill coffee on your white blouse (or new tie) just before the big meeting with the boss, you snag your nylons (or lose a button), the pop machine in the breakroom eats your money, you end up having to work overtime, so when you get out to the car you find a parking ticket because you forgot to feed the meter, and then at home, dinner burns on the stove and the kids are fighting! So at the end of it all you collapse in a heap and momentarily consider running away--FAR away. Maybe even Australia! And (adding insult to injury) nobody else seems to care or empathize, because all of these things are just little petty annoyances.Read more ›
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 read-aloud book; the kids usually end up chanting (or shouting) along with the reader "It was a TERRIBLE!! HORRIBLE!! NO!! GOOD!! VERY!! BAD!! DAY!!" and Ray Cruz's pen and ink drawings are a delight and add to the fun. I've read this book to several first-graders and each one of them clamored for a repeat. This is one book that belongs on every child's bookshelf and will probably be treasured for years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this book because when you have a bad day that is
going to be relaxing 24 hours the name Alexander cool.
I found this book at my doctors office and bought the board book for home--such a great book. My little one can grab the pages and I enjoy reading it to him.Published 20 days ago by Tiffany N.
This is a terrible book. The book description on Amazon says it will put a smile on your face as your read about Alexander's terrible day. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I first heard this story in a college class at Abilene Christian University. I was newly married with no children. I though the story was cute. I now have four grown children. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
My kid was afraid of this book, don't know why, but my guess was the way Alexander looked. Then one day he asked me to read it to him; he's now hooked on this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yvonne Baynes
This might seem like it should be a kids book but it sure fit some of my days.Published 1 month ago by LR in Missouri
Sometimes I have terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day too. A good hug might help feel better on a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad dayPublished 1 month ago
Adults as well as kids can relate to the things Alexander goes through.Published 1 month ago by Maxine Swan