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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Hardcover – Jun 1 1972

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 1 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689300727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689300721
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Board book edition.

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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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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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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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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). I'm very happy with it.
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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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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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"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is a wonderful book with great illustrations. Everyone can relate to and enjoy this story. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" will interest all children. It is about a day where nothing goes right. Alexander has the day that all children have one in awhile. This story helps children see feelings expressed that they might be just experiencing and may not know how to express them. They can see that these feeling are normal and there is nothing wrong with feeling these ways. Alexander experiences rejection when his friend says he "wasn't his best friend anymore." At lunch Alexander becomes jealous when his friend "got a Hershey bar with almonds" and another friend got a "piece of jelly role" and Alexander's mother forgot to pack desert in his lunch. The language and style are just right for children reading this book. The language is neither to hard or simple. It is not too wordy so children are able to keep up with the story. The language is not too advanced. Children can comprehend what is being said. The language and style are not too simple. Children will not lose interest in the story as they read or hear this book. The illustrations are black and white. Everything is shaded in with straight lines. This creates the dark and bad mood Alexander is experiencing. There are parts of the story that would not be as effective with out the illustrations. When Alexander is in his father's office he creates a mess. He spills things and knocks papers everywhere. The illustration depicts an angry father whose desk is a disaster. The illustrations show a disheveled haired boy with a grimace on his face.Read more ›
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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. It is absolutely amazing.. Alexander is having a bad day, no not just a bad day, a horrible day, as we, adults, call it "a day from hell"... So he decides to move to a far away land where people do not have to live days like this - but guess what? He figures it out.. Anyone, anywhere can have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day... It happens to everyone.. He is not alone, and it is not the end of the world..

I don't find this book depressing at all.. It is realistic and entertaining at the same time.. I recommend this book for not only kids (probably 5+) but also teenagers and adults.
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