Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst


Boy, am I glad I’m not the only one who has days like this. Poor Alexander starts his day by waking up with gum in his hair, trips on the skateboard and drops his sweater in the sink while the water is running. From that point on, he knows that it is going to be a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”

Yes, Alexander does end up having a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” At home, at school, at the shoe store, and even at his dad’s office, things just don’t go well for little Alexander. He thinks that things just might be different if he lived in Australia. However, despite all, he learns that everybody has days like this sometimes, even in Australia.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a great story for teaching children (and adults) that everybody, no matter how old they are or where they live, have really bad days sometimes. Things just happen.

Tiny Tidbits: In 1998, this story was turned into a musical production, which has been performed all over the country. The book’s author, Viorst, also wrote the music and lyrics for the production. (Resource: Wikipedia)

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Posted on April 6th, 2009 in Books | 3 Comments
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  • steadymom says:

    One of our favorites!

    “There were lima beans for dinner and I hate limas! There was kissing on TV and I hate kissing!”


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  • Theo-Ann says:

    This is one of my favorites! I used to read it to my kindergarteners each year. I like to be interactive with the book and talk to the kids about their attitude. Even though we all have “bad days” sometimes, we can change our attitude with God’s help! Having taught in a Christian school, I was able to incorporate Biblical principles to books like this.

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  • kirwin says:

    I used to read this book all the time to my first graders. Of course, now that I have kids of my own, I’d totally forgotten about it. We’re off to the library today anyway…I’m going to try to find a copy.

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