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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 great teaching resource April 15 2012
By tlh878
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book initially because I remember loving it as a child. Now I use it in my classroom. It can be used to talk about cause and effect writing teaching students there will always be an effect to our actions. It can be used to discuss the negative attitude Alexander has, and how he could have improved his day. It can be used to let students know that sometimes you will have a bad day. As the last sentence says "Mom says some days are like that".
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Toddler thumbs up! Jan. 30 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was a fun read. My toddler loved it and wanted me to read it to her again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story Dec 27 2013
By Ann F
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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. A bit disappointed that the pages have no colour. I took pencil crayons and coloured in Alexander on every page so it had a bit of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars even in Australia..... July 5 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. Great illustrations (no color) story is infused with fun humor.
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When You're Blue June 3 2003
Format:Paperback
My mom used to read me this book all of the time when I was little. Now, I use it as a way to cheer up my "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days." I have to smile, and then things aren't really so very bad after all. I would say this is a book that should be included in every personal library, no matter what your age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I admit it - I really bought it for me. Dec 27 2002
Format:Paperback
I used to read this book ALL the time as a kid. I came across it here and had to get it for my 3 yr old. She likes the book and asks me to read it to her often and Mom has no problem obliging with this one!
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting , funny, make you feel good book
I very much enjoyed this book as a child. Always felt better after hearing it and couldn't wait to hear it again, and again and again!!!! Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2006
1.0 out of 5 stars Run-on sentences and extremely negative energy.
Allow me to quote the first page of this book:
"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... Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Lloyd Christmas
5.0 out of 5 stars I found a kindred.
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. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes every bad day better!!
This book is great. I read it in a children's literature course in college and I remembered it when I was pregnant with my first son. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Alison
1.0 out of 5 stars why introduce such a negative attitude?
If you like your kids to learn how to be frustrated and learn to look for things to be angry about, this is your book!
Published on May 23 2004
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