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

Texts and Tunes: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Want to teach your kid a real-life lesson? Some days stink. From beginning to end, the 1972 classic tale Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day ($8) humors readers with a woeful tale of one lad's miserable day.

Judith Viorst's book starts:

I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on a skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

As you flip the pages, one might expect the childlike ramblings to turn into a sunny story of smiles and laughter. However, Alexander (and the reader), discover that some days are just destined to be well, terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Cranky Alexander is dealt one blow after another; prizeless cereal boxes, teacher scrutiny, peer rejection, sibling rivalry, tooth cavity, shoe shortages, and lima beans for dinner. Even the family cat deserts him at bedtime.

While nobody wishes such downhearted days for their child, it is a valuable lesson worth teaching — things don't always go your way.

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fashionista119 fashionista119 8 years
Love that book!
sundrops sundrops 8 years
There's another book like this called Grover's Bad Awful Day and in it his Mommy gives him some very good advice along the lines of bad things happen to all of us but we can't let it make ourselves feel bad. I love that one too!
redheadkimie redheadkimie 8 years
I loved this book when I was little and can't wait to read it to my daughter!
ejv1975 ejv1975 8 years
This was one of my favorite books as a kid and I've already purchased it for my daughter!
jessie jessie 8 years
my kids love this book!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
This was THE book for me from age 5-8; I loved it and hope to pass it on to my own children some day.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
I LOVED this book growing up. I will absolutely be getting it for daughter.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I love this book!!
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