Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move

Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move

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by Judith Viorst, Robin Preiss Glasser, Ray Cruz
     
 

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The rest of Alexander's family is moving a thousand miles away, but there's NO way Alexander is going to leave his best friend, his favorite babysitter, or all the places and people he's known all his life. Even if he has to live in a tree house or a tent or a cave!  See more details below

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The rest of Alexander's family is moving a thousand miles away, but there's NO way Alexander is going to leave his best friend, his favorite babysitter, or all the places and people he's known all his life. Even if he has to live in a tree house or a tent or a cave!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Twenty-three years after Alexander's first appearance, in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the hapless character makes a gratifying return... with a new gripe. His family is moving 1000 miles away and he does not want to go: "Never. Not ever. No way. Uh uh. N.O." Roaming the neighborhood, he takes a look at his "special places" and bids good-bye to all his "special people," announcing that "I'm saying good-bye-but it won't be my last." By story's end-after he lets some reassuring promises from his parents sink in-Alexander softens his tone, conceding that he, too, is packing up his things, but for the final time. Because next time his family relocates, "I'm not-DO YOU HEAR ME? I MEAN IT!-going to move." Alexander's voice belongs at once to him alone and to every child. Glasser admirably fulfills her stated mission to illustrate this tale "in the style of" Ray Cruz, the artist for the previous Alexander books. Her black-and-white drawings comically capture real events as well as those that occur only in Alexander's animated imagination. Facial expressions and body language are right on target. Hope Alexander finds a new complaint. Soon. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Dad's got a new job, and the family has to move a thousand miles away. Alexander doesn't want to leave his friends, favorite places, and everything he has always known. Just like any kid who hasn't wanted to move, he fantasizes about living with various neighbors, or hiding out and living alone. But in the end, he packs his stuff and lets everyone know that this is the last time he will move. Glasser's black and white, pen and ink drawings perfectly capture Alexander's neighborhood, family, friends, and most of all his facial expressions.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Alexander is not going to move. His mom, dad and two brothers are packing for the move, but Alexander insists he will not join them. He reluctantly says goodbye to his favorite people and favorite places, and finally comes around. The story is told entirely from Alexander's point of view, in a stream-of-consciousness dialogue. Pen and ink drawings embellish every page.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Alexander is back. This time he refuses to move 1000 miles away from his best friend, his soccer team, and the cleaners that saves gum wrappers and old teeth if he leaves them in his pockets. He is sure he can stay, perhaps with the family that has six girls and needs a boy, or with the older couple that has a dog. As friends give Alexander going-away presents and his parents suggest that he might be able to call long distance on occasion and maybe even get a dog, he begins to pack. This Alexander shows a different emotion from the angry child in ...the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Very Bad Day (1972), or the sad one ...Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday (1978, both Atheneum). This defiant Alexander is positively not going to move, ``No Way. Uh uh. N.O.'' Pen-and-ink drawings in the style of Ray Cruz's work bond readers to this new Alexander while adding to the story. Youngsters will enjoy the range of feelings here. They will relate to the older brothers' teasing even as they laugh at the humor, will heartily support Alexander's rebellion against his parents, and will also appreciate the adults for letting him come around on his own terms. A terrific read-aloud and a must-buy for every collection.-Betty Teague, Blythe Elementary School, Greenville SC
Hazel Rochman
r. 48. Alexander in Viorst's classic 1972 story was having a very bad day. Now he's snarling and scowling because he has to move; his father has a new job 1,000 miles away. Alexander swings between anguish and fury. He will not move. He won't pack. His parents try to be sympathetic; his brother Nick calls him a puke face; his brother Anthony says he's immature. Alexander broods about what he'll miss. He remembers. He fantasizes that he'll hide and stay behind. The detail of the crosshatched drawings, the particularity of the examples, the cadence of the child's voice, express the depth of his feelings. He's bowed with sorrow when he has his last school lunch with his best friend: we see that Alexander's sandwich is untouched. Then gradually, a few images of the new home creep in. Dad promises Alexander a dog, and reluctantly he begins to pack. This story of being uprooted is being told in children's books all the time now, but there's a rare combination here of farce and immediacy and a wonderful empathy for the child's point of view. Alexander just can't bear it. Kids will laugh at the wild exaggeration even as they recognize his heartfelt grief.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689319587
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Series:
Alexander Series
Edition description:
1st edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
741,121
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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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.

Robin Preiss Glasser is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O’Connor; America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail, and Our Fifty States by Lynne Cheney, and Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She lives in Southern California with her family.

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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