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ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY by Judith Viorst

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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.”

Carpool, school, friendship and then feeling leftout, no dessert in his lunch bag like everyone else, a dental appointment where a cavity was found were just part of the many things that Alexander experienced that gave him this “no good, very bad day.”  The more Alexander experienced, the more things around him gave him these “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad” feelings.  At bedtime, his mom reminds him that “some days are like that.”   I heartily agree.  Yes, they are!

This is a good book to help children know that not every day is wonderful.  They can see that they are not the only ones who have some bad days, but they can also learn to look for the good in a day.  It has been over forty years since this book was first published, continuing to remind us that we will have days that just don’t go as we had hoped or expected.  It doesn’t matter how old or young we are, where we live, or who we are or who we are not; we just might have a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day(s).”

Ray Cruz, the illustrator, drew detailed scenes using pen and black ink contrasting on white paper.  Alexander’s facial expressions and his moods focus the reader’s attention on his latest predicament with each turn of the page.

Reading Level: 5 – 8 Years

Author:
Judith Viorst is an American author, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher.  She is a prolific writer of poetry for children and adults, as well as books for both groups.  She has also written musicals which have been performed around the country.  She graduated from the Newark College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University.  She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband of 54 years, Milton Viorst, a political writer.
More about Judith Viorst can be found at http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Judith-Viorst/707395
http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/family/alexander/author.html
http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/judith-viorst

Illustrator:
Ray Cruz is the illustrator and an author.  Little is known of Mr. Cruz, but you can check out the many books he has illustrated as well as the ones he has written at http://www.jacketflap.com/ray-cruz/128856

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9780689711732
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/15/1987 (original publication date 1972)
  • Series: Alexander Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Originally, I reviewed this in August, 2014.

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