Alicia Has a Bad Day

Alicia Has a Bad Day

by Lisa Jahn-Clough
     
 

"The zany illustrations suit the amusingly outraged tone of the text. Funny and original." —Kirkus Reviews Bad days—we all have them. But what do we do about them?
Meet Alicia and her trusty friend, Neptune. Alicia is usually a cheerful child who likes to dance very fast and stand on her head. What will she do when she wakes one morning feeling miserable…  See more details below

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"The zany illustrations suit the amusingly outraged tone of the text. Funny and original." —Kirkus Reviews Bad days—we all have them. But what do we do about them?
Meet Alicia and her trusty friend, Neptune. Alicia is usually a cheerful child who likes to dance very fast and stand on her head. What will she do when she wakes one morning feeling miserable? At first, none of Alicia's clever and quirky remedies, such as moping in her favorite chair and writing in her notebook, seems to cure her gloom. Then in a place least expected, a delightful surprise awaits, and Alicia makes a joyous discovery.
Lisa Jahn-Clough has created a unique character with a spunky spirit all her own. Alicia will charm her way into the hearts of readers young and old on any day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Deliberately childlike paintings put a comic edge on a terrible, rotten, very bad day," said PW. "Those of, shall we say, artistic temperaments may find a kindred spirit in this debut book's scowling narrator." Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Deliberately childlike paintings put a comic edge on a terrible, rotten, very bad day. Those of, shall we say, artistic temperaments may find a kindred spirit in this debut book's scowling, yellow-haired narrator, Alicia, who wakes up one day in inexplicable misery. First she sulks around the house (``After I mope I lie on the floor and stare at the ceiling. The cracks make faces at me''), then she maliciously stomps on ants outdoors, where a gray cloud threatens to block out a frowning sun. Surrounded by a violent, slashy purple-and-black aura, Alicia writes the word ``lugubrious'' in her notebook (``Lugubrious is my favorite miserable word. It means dark and dreary''); young vocabulary enthusiasts will enjoy being handed a 50-cent word, the poor definition notwithstanding. Alicia's bleak humor, which lasts until her orange dog cheers her with a friendly lick, grows tedious, but Jahn-Clough's simplistic brushwork, roughly hewn in straight-from-the-tube colors, wryly conveys surliness. Spending time with Alicia might distract a moody reader from an impending tantrum, or simply serve as a reminder that everyone has bad days. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Alicia awakens to a very bad day and nothing she tries, such as playing loud music and dancing, stamping on ant hills, or moping, seems to help. Finally, she goes outside and is caught in a rain storm, whereupon she comes home and crawls under her bed, which is ``the darkest, dreariest place I know.'' It is there that her dog finds her and licks her face, making her feel better. The theme is an admirable one, but the execution isn't quite successful. The bright cartoon illustrations are childlike, but Alicia's activities and gloom lack the appeal of the situations and emotions that Alexander experienced in Judith Viorst's Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Atheneum, 1972). Children may not understand the ``faces on the ceiling'' or the illustration of the little girl in a dark cave talking about it being ``dark and dreary in my heart.'' The book just doesn't quite catch the spirit of a child's bad day.-Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA
From the Publisher
"Deliberately childlike paintings put a comic edge on a terrible, rotten, very bad day. Those of, shall we say, artistic temperaments may find a kindred spirit in this debut book’s scowling narrator." Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395694541
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa Jahn-Clough has written and illustrated a number of books for young children, including Alicia Has a Bad Day, My Friend and I, Missing Molly, Simon and Molly Plus Hester, and On the Hill, as well as her debut young adult novel Country Girl, City Girl. She is the chair of the illustration program at Maine College of Art and also teaches at the Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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