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

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

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The perennially popular tale of Alexander’s worst day is now a board book that belongs on every child’s bookshelf.

Alexander is not having a great day. He has to endure gum in his hair, sitting in the middle of the backseat, third-best-friend status, no dessert at lunch, lima beans, railroad pajamas, and kissing on TV—all in one day! Maybe he’ll just move to Australia.

This funny and endearing story has delighted readers for more than forty years, and now it’s available as Classic Board Book with artwork that showcases Alexander—and only Alexander—in full color, underscoring the misery (and comedy) of his awful day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416985952
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Series: Alexander Series
Edition description: Special Limited Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 29,406
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Judith Viorst is the author of the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies; the Lulu books, including Lulu and the Brontosaurus; the New York Times bestseller Necessary Losses; four musicals; and poetry for children and young adults. 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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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
idahoreader More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my granddaughters, and it had also been a favorite of my daughters as they were growing up. It is always nice to know that other people are having a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad" day, once in a while. It does not dwell on the negative, and is very realistic, making it a good balance for children and adults both. As an adult, one day at work, we were all having a challenging time, and the next day, this book mysteriously appeared, and we all re-read it, and laughed about our previous day. I highly recommend this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title says it all... having a "Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" describes exactly what kids feel when and they think they're being slighted and nothing seems to be going right! This is a delightfully written story that can remind a child that it happens to all of us, and "some days are like that"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book for opening dialogue with children about bad experiences in life. We all have them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book, so I decided to get it for her. Be warned, the font is TINY on the Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our teacher read this book to us.It is about a boy named Alexander and he is not happy because everything bad is happening to him. He wakes up and is in a bad mood and can tell it is going to be a bad day. He wants to move to Australia. Nobody cares if he is having a bad day and he looks very mad. Then he goes to bed and his mom says some days are like that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to all three of my this day, they will call me and tell me about their 'no good, horrible, very bad days' and how they are able to get through them! I am now buying this book for my grandson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Totally a classic!!!!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Will Anything Go Right for Alexander?   Alexander just knows it will be a bad day when he wakes up with gum in his hair and trips over his skateboard.  And sure enough, his teacher doesn’t like his picture, his best friend demotes him from best friend to third best friend, and he gets in trouble for fighting when he was only responding to someone else’s taunts.  Will his day ever get better?   This is a fun book because of how it is written.  While things just go wrong for Alexander all day, we can sympathize with him quite easily.  And there is an undercurrent of humor to just how bad things get.  No, the book is never laugh out loud funny, but you are left wondering just what could happen to him next.  I like the fact that there is a mix of bad luck and Alexander acting out, which are both put into the category.  While the book never differentiates, it does allow parents to discuss how behavior can cause bad days to be worse.  The illustrations only add to the charm.   Given the subject of bad days, it is kind of surprising just how fun this book is, but it can be a good reminder when the bad days come that everyone has them.  Even in Australia.
paperpusher More than 1 year ago
I had this book in my library when my kids were small. I thought I still had that but it disappeared over the years. I purchased this one for my grandchildren because we all have those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.
WordsofTruth More than 1 year ago
A delightful little story, this helped my children understand that some days things go wrong. After reading it together we developed the habit of saying, "I think I'll move to Australia," whenever one of us was having "one of those days." It never fails to get a smile, even if it's a bit of a wry one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of our kids' very favorite books. We read it over and over again. They would ask me to read it when a day had gone bad. I just bought it again for a friend's daughter who has been struggling to get used to her preschool - she asks her Mom to read it again and again too. Some days are just like that. . . ..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of my all time favorite books growing up. My mother read it to me all the time. When I had my first child, I wanted to name him Alexander if the baby was a boy. Well, I had a girl and named her Marissa. So four years later when I had my first son, I named him Alexander! I read this book to him all the time.
mmpjk More than 1 year ago
Another classic. One of my spouse's favorite stories growing up and now one of our son's favorites. Not the happiest ending but realistic.
SCS726 More than 1 year ago
I've loved this book since I was a kid. Really Funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true classic. Readers will love the misadventures of the main character as he goes through "one of those days" that we all have from time to time. I also recommend Pumpkin Guts and Runny Babbit. All of these books are great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter read this book to me and she could understand exactly what Alexander was feeling. Everyone has bad days and he obviously was. The sentences are long and for young readers they really have to paraphrase to make everything flow, but the book as a whole is recommendable because we all have bad days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that Alexander is a little boy who is struggling with a case of very bad luck one particular day. The more his mood gets worse, the more bad things seem to be happening to him. This is a cute children's book filled with irony, some laughs, and a great bedtime story to start off tommorrow with a new and improved positive attitude. When I was little I felt good to know that Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days like the one Alexander had make the OK days seem much happier!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book read to me as an adult. It has stayed with me and I've just bought a number of copies to give to people at work. It is always good to know that others share our passing misery. I highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read to my children this book each night, often twice. My daughter at age 3 1/2 began reading it to me after she caught me shaving off a paragraph when in a hurry. I still get a kick out of giving it as a gift to family and friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We can all relate to Alexander's bad day. Viorst hits just the right notes, making this story funny and wise. Infinitely rereadable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Moms and dads teachers and friends DO NOT miss this book it is perfect I am ten and read it when i was 3 it was so good I read it again and again.It may have been a while but I still recomend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really helpful if you need a book to read to a discouraged child. It shows them that there will be some bad days in life, (and you can laugh together at the scenarios in the book), and that everything will turn out all right....even in Australia! :o)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a single parent,I read this to my (then) six year old daughter when it first came out in the 70's and it helped us both get through some horrible, no good, very bad days. It is one of the best and most memorable family books, dealing with feelings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an elementary teacher, I find this book to be very helpful. Whenever our class has a 'bad' day. I pull this book out. The kids can relate to Alexander and the illustrations are fantastic. This was one of my favorites as a child and it still is one of my favorites as an adult. I recommend this book for all children because we all have days like Alexander's.
ryann0423 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a little boy who from the moment he wakes up has a horrible day in which nothing seems to be going right. It is a great tool to teach children how everyone has bad days and discuss ways in which to handle those days. It will gives the students to share a time they had a bad day and discuss how they dealt with it and how things ended up working out. Its a great story that everyone can relate to.