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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Paperback – 1 Jan 1987

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 2nd edition (1 Jan. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586691139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590421447
  • ASIN: 0689711735
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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. A graduate in 1981 of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children s chapter and picture books including the beloved "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, "which has sold some four million copies adult fiction and nonfiction including the "New York Times "bestseller, "Necessary Losses "poetry for children and adults, and four musicals. Her most recent book of poetry for adults, "Wait For Me and Other Poems About the Irritations and Consolations of a Long Marriage, "was published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. Her most recent book of poetry for children, "What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? "was published in 2016 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.

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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I bought this book for our six year old grandson on the back of the glowing reviews posted. However I would point out a few things. The language/culture references are all USA - gum, carpool, lima beans, railroad train, sailboat, smushed, tack, Hersey bar, jellyroll, mom, elevator, shoe store, sneakers. This can be an overload for an child in the UK who doesn't use these everyday phrases. There is a hopelessness and lack of cheer about the story, no one tries to comfort or cheer Alexander, his brothers, parents and friends are all against him or without consideration. At the end of the day there is only bleakness. Personally I wasn't as keen as everyone else about this book. It may grow on us but really I don't see the value of ramming another culture's phrases home day after day. It seems cruel to laugh at someone else having a 'horrible' time although of course nobody actually dies. The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day things are smallish annoyances. Just thought I'd right the balance here with my reflections on what seems to be a really popular book.
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By A Customer on 19 Nov. 1997
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When I was 16 yrs old I worked in daycare, one day I found this book and read it to my class...It was so great, every child soon knew every word and I was ask to read almost everyday. That was 14 yrs ago, I now have my own 6 yr old son, and this is his favorite book, we read it all the time. Even my mother who is near 70 yrs old laughs each time she reads it. It is a wonderful book for all ages. Everyone can relate to having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!
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I have used this as part of self esteem and anger management sessions and it has been really good. No-one's day could ever be quite as bad as this one in reality - so you can always show that someone has had a worse day and dealt with it well. Thought it would have been nice if it was in colour, as the kids can loose interest in black & white picture.
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By A Customer on 11 Aug. 1999
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I love this book...It shows children how others have bad days. The way the book is written makes the children you read to want to participate. Pretty soon you have the children talking aloud with you as you read!
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2014
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Have you ever in your life had a horrible, no good, very bad day? I have, and I have had many of them, but I never knew how to express it as well as Alexander.

He should have known, Alexander should have known when he went to bed chewing gum, that the worst was yet to come. Then he woke up with gum in his hair, and it all went down hill from there. Thank goodness, Alexander knows how to express himself. Keeping all of this misery inside would do no good at all. One thing after another, but somehow Alexander survived. That is the really good thing about stories, we can all learn from them. Parents/teachers will like reading this book, it is so much fun for the children to listen to the sing song verse. The children will laugh with their adults and will ask questions about Alexander's day. They can explore ways to get around no good days.

The author, Judith Viorst, has been known to me for years. I like her writing a great deal. The illustrations by Ray Cruz are colorful and vibrant and depict Alexander and his misadventures for us all to enjoy. What great fun!

Recommended. prisrob 08-05-14
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This book is so good, I bought another one! The first was for my grand daughter, even though it is about a boy my grand daughter is having problems with some nasty girls at school intimidating her. She will love this book when she gets it at Christmas and we will be able to talk things through with her.
I would count this as a classic book!
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This was given to our 6 year old son, who loves a story at bedtime. With a new book he normally loves to read it again and again. Not with this one. It is an american book, so many names for things need to be explained e.g. sneakers etc. But the feedback from my son was that he didn't like the angry faces or the awful things that happened to the boy, he really felt for him!!
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This is about my 7yr old son - just written about 30 years before he was born!

His favourite saying is 'this is the worst day ever!' , so I had to buy this when I saw it.

Fortunately he can see the funny side, and we can have a giggle about some of his worst days too. Lovely.
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