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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day [Hardcover]

Judith Viorst , Ray Cruz
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Book Description

June 1 1972
He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV.
What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too.

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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)

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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.

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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. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some books are timeless April 18 2003
Format:Paperback
And Judith Viorst has created one of them. I didn't know who the author was until just today but Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day has been my all time favorite book since I can remember. Of course to all my adult friends, I would rather die than admit it. Even today, when I am having just one of those awful days, I tell people I am having an "Alexander" day. I think it also developed my love for poetry.
You hear all the time how it is important for kids to read, but it is just a cliche, it has lost all meaning. It is when you stop and think about authors like Judith Viorst or Dr. Seuss and how I know for myself it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have such a deep love for the written word and its magic it brings that you see its true value. Alexander is a classic, just as much as Moby Dick or Oliver Twist and everyone with a sense of whimsy (and especially those without it) need to read it.
I was reading another book Mrs. Viorst wrote and when I found out she wrote my beloved Alexander book, my face lit up. That's the power of Alexander, he makes 33 year old women's faces light up as they recall his tale of plight. (And a note to Alexander: I talked to my cousins in Australia, and your mother was right, they do have those kind of days there too. LOL)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still makes me laugh Dec 19 2002
By Katie V
Format:Paperback
I'm 17 years old and still remember and enjoy reading this book from when I was younger. A friend of mine and I recently got together to go read children's books all day at the local bookstore, and I was delighted when I found "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" sitting on the shelves ready to be read. Alexander is a typical little boy who believes every obstacle in his life is leading to the end of the world. I laughed the whole way through the book, relating to him on several levels. I think the book is wonderfully written for all audiences; while a child may life, an adult may look at Alexander's tale and reminisce about their own childhood when they received plain white sneakers instead of ones with racing stripes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I found a kindred. June 13 2004
By mary
Format:Paperback
As a child plagued with bouts of unluck, I thought I'd found a kindred when I stumbled over the beleaguered Alexander and his tale. He was everything I was. I found this book tucked away in an elementary school's library at a very young age and thought it was hysterical....and I felt the utmost empathy for Alexander, of course.
Everyone has days like these. Grownups can also surely relate to it. I know I still can. It's a great book and I don't see why so many people have posted negative reviews; perhaps they never have bad days??
Children will find a delightful and compassionate friend in Alexander; I would reccomend this book - vehemently - to anyone with children. Or without - if you'd simply like a good smile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wowed this Waddler Oct. 14 2002
Format:Paperback
As a six year old, being able to say 'terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day' was a mouthful. I tried and I tried. Everytime my mom and I would waddle over to the library (at six, I was still pretty much a waddler), I asked her to get it.
And she did. We grabbed Sendak, and "Make Way..." and "Mike Mulligan," and a host of other regulars. Read and reread, and the poetry and imagery of these books sank deep inside and made me want to be a writer.
It also helped me see I was not alone. Even though gum never littered my hair (that is, except for the time when I was 12 and tried to blow a huge bubble, but I don't to talk about it. It was a bad day.), I still had my share of awkward events, and Alexander and I got along. He understood me.
There's a good chance your young one has some tough days too. Buy this today and read it to him. It'll put a smile on his face.
I fully recommmed, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horribibble..." Oh! I still can't say it right.
Anthony Trendl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even five-year-olds get the blues Aug. 22 2002
Format:Hardcover
Ever have a day when absolutely nothing went right? Haven't we all? That's probably why so many children fall in love with this book; we've all been there, even the very young ones, so they can relate just like we grownups can. From the first mishap in the early morning when he wakes up with last night's chewed gum stuck in his hair, to the final indignity of being rejected by the cat (who wants to sleep with his brother Anthony, not with him), with umpteen mishaps and misfortunes in between (lima beans for supper? Yuck. Kissing on TV? Double-yuck!), Alexander's day just gets worse and worse. If you had a day like that, wouldn't you want to hop the first jet to Australia? Judith Viorst has an uncanny knack for being able to put herself in a five-year-old's shoes, and her book lets kids know that their feelings are valid and normal. And at the book's end, Alexander -- and the youngsters -- realize that days like that are bound to happen, even in Australia. 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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars short
It was a cute story but it was a lot shorter than we thought. Please make it longer. thank you.
Published 17 days ago by Tina
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Knowing the book, it was sent as a gift.
Published 2 months ago by M.A.W.S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Toddler thumbs up!
It was a fun read. My toddler loved it and wanted me to read it to her again and again.
Published 8 months ago by Roxanna Antelo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I think kids will relate to this unfortunate little boy who truly has a bad day. I know my grandson enjoys it, he's 3.5 years. Quick read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ann F
5.0 out of 5 stars even in Australia.....
Hilarious book, loved it as a kid and now I read it to my sons. Alexander has a rough day. Some if it's bad luck, some of it's his fault. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ben and Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
This has been my favourite book since reading it to my children in1960s.........I still use the "I think I'll go to Australia" as
an expression of frustration.
Published 21 months ago by peggie Coulter Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars great teaching resource
I bought this book initially because I remember loving it as a child. Now I use it in my classroom. Read more
Published on April 15 2012 by tlh878
5.0 out of 5 stars You are not alone... It happens to everyone...,
I found this book while I was looking for a gift for a six year old boy today. I loved it so much that I got one for the birthday boy and one for my almost-six year-old daughter. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2008 by Seckin Petek
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable
I think this is one of the best kids books I've read. It is warm, and funny. At the same time it reminds us that everyone has bad days! Read more
Published on Dec 28 2006 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars I can relate to this! But Alexander could have had a better attitude!
A classic that we'll never tire of! Poor little Alexander ... things just didn't go right all day long ... from the moment he woke up with gum in his hair. Read more
Published on July 30 2006 by Betty L. Dravis
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