Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

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From the moment Alexander wakes up and finds gum in his hair, everthing goes wrong! His brothers both get prizes in their cereal boxes, his best friend demotes him to third-best friend, there are lima beans for dinner, and there is kissing on TV. All kids experience this type of day, and will be glad to find they are not alone!
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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. Aug.
Children's Literature - Brandon West
Alexander is a young boy who is having the worst day of his life. He wakes up with gum in his hair and does not receive a prize in his cereal box. This is just the tip of the iceberg. His day quickly becomes even more tumultuous. He is scolded at school and struggles to learn how to navigate his social world. While it would seem that Alexander is the main perpetrator in letting his day get out-of-control, Vorst does a great job of presenting a child’s perspective. It is easy to relate to Alexander’s plight, and this is might be why the title continues to be a favorite among children and adults alike. This edition presents Alexander’s full story in the form of a board book. This is a unique choice, since the reading level of the text is much higher than the book’s format would suggest. It might also be difficult for a young child to sit through the lengthy story. Color has been added to this version of the book, but only to the illustrations of Alexander. In a way, this adds to the sense of Alexander’s feeling of being misunderstood. Given that this title is available in picture book format, this board book is probably suited best for parents looking for a more complex story to read to their young children. Reviewer: Brandon West; Ages 3 to 5.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689711732
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/15/1987
  • Series: Alexander Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 10,605
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s picture books, adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry for children and adults, and musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. She is best known for her beloved picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Ray Cruz is the illustrator of the modern classics Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A great book for children and adults alike!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I bought this book for my granddaughters, and it had also been a favorite of my daughters as they were growing up. It is always nice to know that other people are having a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad" day, once in a while. It does not dwell on the negative, and is very realistic, making it a good balance for children and adults both.
    As an adult, one day at work, we were all having a challenging time, and the next day, this book mysteriously appeared, and we all re-read it, and laughed about our previous day.
    I highly recommend this.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    Sends an awful message

    It should have been called Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Attitude. It was awful. I kept waiting for the mother to say something about his own negativity causing most of the problems he had, but it didn't happen. At the end of the book the lesson turned out to be, 'some days are just like that.' No mention of accepting the consequenses of his actions at all. The book was just whiney whiney, whiney! I read it with interest because I heard alot of good things about the book in my education classes in college. But now that I've read it I can't find a single good thing to say about the book. It was just so negative. Not fun to read. No good lessons or morals. Not at all interesting. I guess I'm just not the type of person who likes to hear someone complain on and on, without accepting responsibility for their own actions. My three year old son picked up on it, though, and said, 'he's not being a very nice boy.' Hah. That's an understatement. LOL. But I'm glad he was able to see it.

    9 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    Great fun to read aloud to my young granddaughter and help her understand that SOME days, everything seems to go wrong!

    The title says it all... having a "Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" describes exactly what kids feel when and they think they're being slighted and nothing seems to be going right! This is a delightfully written story that can remind a child that it happens to all of us, and "some days are like that"!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2010

    First Grader's Review

    Our teacher read this book to us.It is about a boy named Alexander and he is not happy because everything bad is happening to him. He wakes up and is in a bad mood and can tell it is going to be a bad day. He wants to move to Australia. Nobody cares if he is having a bad day and he looks very mad. Then he goes to bed and his mom says some days are like that.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Classic

    Another classic. One of my spouse's favorite stories growing up and now one of our son's favorites. Not the happiest ending but realistic.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    Self-acceptance tool

    Good book for opening dialogue with children about bad experiences in life. We all have them!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2011

    A must for every child!

    This was one of our kids' very favorite books. We read it over and over again. They would ask me to read it when a day had gone bad. I just bought it again for a friend's daughter who has been struggling to get used to her preschool - she asks her Mom to read it again and again too.

    Some days are just like that. . . ..

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    It's a generational thing!

    I read this to my children and now I am reading it to my grandchildren. It stands the test of time.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Hilarious Classic

    I've loved this book since I was a kid. Really Funny

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    amazing book for kids of all ages

    I read this book to all three of my children...to this day, they will call me and tell me about their 'no good, horrible, very bad days' and how they are able to get through them! I am now buying this book for my grandson.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    5 stars for content 3 for font on Nook HD

    My daughter loves this book, so I decided to get it for her. Be warned, the font is TINY on the Nook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    A delightful little story, this helped my children understand th

    A delightful little story, this helped my children understand that some days things go wrong. After reading it together we developed the habit of saying, "I think I'll move to Australia," whenever one of us was having "one of those days." It never fails to get a smile, even if it's a bit of a wry one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    Kid Recommended, Mom Approved!

    This has quickly become a bedtime favorite for my son, especially when he's having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
    The story is simple, sweet but makes a nice point that bad days happen to everyone.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2011

    Loved this book so much as a child, I named my son it.

    This was one of my all time favorite books growing up. My mother read it to me all the time. When I had my first child, I wanted to name him Alexander if the baby was a boy. Well, I had a girl and named her Marissa. So four years later when I had my first son, I named him Alexander! I read this book to him all the time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Fun read

    This book is a great way to teach your children, that they will have many bumps in the road. You will have difficult days just like Alexander. I have purchased a dozen copies for family and friends who have young children.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Just One Of Those Days

    Alexander is just not having a very good day. In fact, there's nothing positive about it at all! Funny and frustrating at the same time, it's just the kind of day many children feel they are having. A classic that children relate to and have some fun with. After all, misery loves company. Despite it all life goes on and it's really not so bad. Enjoy!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2009

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    WONDERFUL book about a TERRIBLE day!

    A true classic. Readers will love the misadventures of the main character as he goes through "one of those days" that we all have from time to time. I also recommend Pumpkin Guts and Runny Babbit. All of these books are great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    An awesome book!!!!

    I am an nanny and I've read this book to all my kids I've taken care of!! Especially ben and zach's kindergarden class they laughed a lot!!!! They would always ask me to come in and read and this book, was their favorite!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    The absolute very best book ever!

    I love love love this book! My mom read it to me when I was little, and she still tells me now when I have a bad day that at least I did not have lima beans! I have given to all of my friends who have had kids and they love it too!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    Good read and some humor

    My daughter read this book to me and she could understand exactly what Alexander was feeling. Everyone has bad days and he obviously was. The sentences are long and for young readers they really have to paraphrase to make everything flow, but the book as a whole is recommendable because we all have bad days.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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