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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Paperback – 1 Jan 1987
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On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.
About the Author
Judith 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 books of poetry include What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? and Nearing Ninety. 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 first encountered Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day many years ago in Library School. While I was in the main office trying to fix some mistakes in my registration for the next term's classes, my pencil broke, the hem of my coat unravelled, and I dropped my books. Mae Benne, a beloved and much-respected figure in children's literature, stepped out of her office and handed me a copy of this book. It helped! The book is charmingly written and it is easy for anyone who has ever had a bad day to feel better after reading it.
Since then I have not only read this wonderful book to my own children, but I have kept a copy at hand in the various training programs where I have worked to cheer trainees who are having a bad day. I bought two copies of the book last month while I was visiting family in the UK, one to give my little granddaughter, and one to give to her school. My granddaughter loves it as much as I do, although she needed to know for example, that "sneakers" are trainers.
I would count this as a classic book!
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.