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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)
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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A classic that I loved when I was 7. These illustrations still stand the test of time.Published 6 months ago by Angela B.
I remembered reading this book as a kid and was excited to share it with my 3 year old. The board book is great quality and I think will hold up well to my two kids (3 & 8 months). Read morePublished 7 months ago by V. Heasler
I received the book last week. I didn't realized that this was a cardboard book. I thought I had ordered the paper pages but it is okay the way it is. It is a gift for someone.Published 11 months ago by Kathy Hawryluk
good story but a pain to read on an ipad. pages are very small, dont nearly fill the screen. you can make the text bigger but not the pictures.Published 13 months ago by Jim Sprague
It was a cute story but it was a lot shorter than we thought. Please make it longer. thank you.Published 14 months ago by Tina
It was a fun read. My toddler loved it and wanted me to read it to her again and again.Published 22 months ago by Roxanna Antelo