Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Paperback | July 15, 1987

byJudith ViorstIllustratorRay Cruz

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The perennially popular tale of Alexander’s worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child’s bookshelf.

Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.
And it got worse...
His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!
This handsome new edition of Judith Viorst's classic picture book is sure to charm readers of all ages.

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Viorst's classic tale of a little boy who must accept the reality that "some days are like that", when everything he does goes awry, is one of her most popular works. "The clever text shines".--School Library Journal, starred review. ALA Notable Children's Book. Full color

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The perennially popular tale of Alexander’s worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child’s bookshelf.Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair. And it got worse... His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for ...

Judith Viorst says that she has been writing always -- "or at least since I was seven or eight, when I composed an ode to my dead parents, both of whom were alive and well and, when they read my poem, extremely annoyed." She has written many books for children, including the acclaimed Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 7.5 × 10 × 0.3 inPublished:July 15, 1987Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0689711735

ISBN - 13:9780689711732

Appropriate for ages: 6

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great in the Classroom I read this story to my gr 8 class and they loved it. We even created our own Australia in the classroom for those very bad days.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This story never gets old! I was introduced to this book way back in the 1970s when I was in elementary school and I STILL love it!!! Our teacher read it to us a number of times because we asked her to. I love that Alexander is drawn in colour, while everyone else is not. It puts your focus on the right character.
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Importance Of Reading To Children "Reading stimulates the development of the brain, language and a closer emotional relationship with a child." - The American Academy of Pediatrics The first 6 years of a child’s development are the most critical. This is when the synapses in the brain are making significant connections. These connections are made as a result of the child’s sensory experiences. For example: having a story/picture book read to them from their caregiver with engaging facial expressions and enthusiasm. The emotional connection starts early with non-verbal communication. The engaging interaction between a caregiver and infant must incorporate all sensory aspects. Touch, feel, sound, sight, perception, taste, etc are all ways to create positive emotional reactions for the infant. Through these interactions the child begins to build his/her own idea and vision of the world. These interactions can be positive or negative and the effects are life-long. People who have poor emotional connections as infants often have poor emotional connections as adults. Children require these brain building experiences early so their brains are able develop to their full potential. Reading various children’s literature to a child early is a form of engaging interaction. Children’s books are a way for them to be imaginative and explorative. They are able to travel through time experiencing different situations, people, places and things. Helping children to become familiar with these different life perspectives presented in all children’s text, may help them with future real life dilemmas that they may be faced with. Therefore, helping children to feel a sense of comfort and understanding within different situations. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Reveiw This story is written in the 1st person point of view of a little boy named Alexander. Alexander tells the reader about his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day were everything goes wrong from the moment he wakes up to the time he goes to bed. The tone of Alexander’s voice appears to be frustrated, lonely and unhappy because of the way he explains the bad things that are happening throughout the story. The author uses this repetitive style of writing to help set the mood of the story. “I am having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” - Pg 87, 20th Century children’s Book Treasury. Children are able predict and memorize this phrase throughout the story. Therefore, engaging them further into the story and allowing them to become familiar fast. Children enjoy stories with repetition. With the repeated negative experiences the reader begins to feel sorry for Alexander. Alexander has several negative interactions with people during his day. Mrs Dickens liked Paul’s artwork better, didn’t like his singing and criticised his math skills. Paul said he was now his 3rd best friend. His Dad doesn’t want him to visit his work anymore. Mrs. Gibson will not let him have the window seat in the car even when she knows he will get car sick. The family cat wants to sleep with Anthony. Alexander has a difficult time understanding why these bad things are happening to him and believes Australia would be a better place to be. Alexander say’s “I think I’ll move to Australia.” - Pg 86, 20th Century children’s Book Treasury. The character repeatedly expresses how he would rather be in Australia. I believe this is comparable to children wishing to "run away" from home because of their frustrations. Children are able to relate their own life to the story by sharing some of the similar real life situations. They are able to connect emotionally and empathize with the character. At the end of the story Alexander’s Mother say’s “some day’s are like that. Even in Australia.”- Pg 87, 20th Century children’s Book Treasury. This story helps children to understand that everyone has bad days and that they are not alone in the world.
Date published: 2010-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing An overall good story to remind children that, although some days don't go quite on plan, every thing turns out right in the end. Even ten years after reading the book myself, I still have fond memories of this story.
Date published: 2005-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a great book! In my opinion, this is such a great book! It is very well written and easy to relate to the main character, Alexander, who is having a bad day since we ALL have days where nothing goes right! Judith Viorst did a good job on this book....way to go!
Date published: 2003-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Treasure This book is a must for everyone. On those days when I picked my kids up from daycare and we grumbled all the way home, we would sit down and read this and laugh and start our day all over before dinner! We still smile at each other when we remind each other that "even in Australia" there are days like this. If you weren't introduced to this book as a child, treat yourself to it today and share it with a friend.
Date published: 2001-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is Excellent I love this book and the others in the series by the same author. Even though the book was originally published in the 70's it still has practical uses for today. Whenever my Junior Kindergartens are having a bad day I read this book to them and we all feel better afterwards. I would highly recommend this book and it makes a good teaching tool as well. It shows that everyone has bad days.
Date published: 2001-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Some days are like that! Follow Alexander through a terrible day from the time he wakes up in the morning until he goes to sleep that night. Kids can relate to him, because sometimes they have bad days too. Let them know they're not alone by reading them this book. A long time favorite of mine, and a new favorite of my kids.
Date published: 2000-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun for kids It was funny, but true to, I am glad I read it. It shows that anyone can have a terrible horrible no good very bad day. It makes me feel better when I do. Laura Age 7.
Date published: 2000-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book for all ages This book is great for any child in school. It is humorous. It has great phrases that kids will be excited to repeat. For teachers out there, this book is great for writing innovations. Enjoy!
Date published: 2000-10-19

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Viorst's classic tale of a little boy who must accept the reality that "some days are like that", when everything he does goes awry, is one of her most popular works. "The clever text shines".--School Library Journal, starred review. ALA Notable Children's Book. Full color