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

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

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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.
Recounts the events of a day when everything goes wrong for Alexander.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1972
ISBN: 9780689300721
Branch Call Number: E VIO
Characteristics: [32] p. : ill. ; 20 x 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Cruz, Ray


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Jul 25, 2020

The story is cute, but honestly a little depressing, but I can relate. As a child and and even more so as an adult I have had many days like Alexander, where when one thing goes bad, I feel like everything is wrong, no matter how small. It's funny how he finds fault in pretty much everything that happens and more than once says he wishes he was in a different country. I won't give away the ending, but there's a lesson to be learned in it, although I was little disappointed. I was hoping for something positive to come out of it (aside from the unspoken lesson) but the point was taken. The illustrations are beautiful and the book is simple enough for young children to understand.

Everyone has one of these days and it made me laugh and remember tomorrow will be better.

Aug 24, 2017

I love this book and so does my 7 year old daughter. SHe loves the bit about Australia. I think it is great for children to see that everyone has a bad day and can relate to that and not feel alone when they do. I like the end that the mom makes the point that everyone has bad days no matter where they are in the world. Very witty and imaginative. I love the writing of this book and the humor.

Jul 24, 2017

Kids like this book, but being a parent, I find Alexander a little whiny, you know? We all have bad days, but it could be worse Alexander. Like you could be a Syrian refugee or your last name could be Trump. Like the artwork.

May 30, 2017

My 2 year old and I both Love this book. Great moral to this story as you can have bad days anywhere you go (although sometimes it's nice to dream about escaping those bad days whatever age you are). It's fun to read in character of a young boy complaining and my daughter loves to say the VERY bad day part.

Only downside is - I wish they would update the book with bright colour pictures.

Feb 22, 2017

We love this book! My 3 year old loves to repeat when I saw VERY bad day! He's a young three, and sometimes I have to reel him back in. But, this will be a classic we'll read hundreds of times over the next several years and it'll continue to be a favorite as it was in my childhood.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

For ages 3-5. What a day! Alexander gets gum in his hair, trips over his skateboard, and drops his sweater in the sink with the water running. He decides he wants to move to Australia, but as his mom says, some days are like that, even in Australia.

Jan 15, 2015

This book earns five stars from me.

Sep 02, 2014

I still remember this book after having read it in elementary school, then watching the film. It's a great book that can apply to anyone :)

Aug 26, 2014

"Some days are like that. Even in Australia." Really, who hasn't wanted to pack it in and move far, far away after a particularly bad day? Alexander's story is one that we can all relate to, and even as we experience all the bad things happening to him we know that all will be well tomorrow. Funny and reassuring, especially for the younger school-age set.

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Jan 15, 2015

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