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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)
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 3 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 5 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 13 months ago by Roxanna Antelo
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 morePublished 14 months ago by Ann F
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Ben and Kate
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.
I bought this book initially because I remember loving it as a child. Now I use it in my classroom. Read morePublished on April 15 2012 by tlh878
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 morePublished on Dec 28 2006 by David