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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
New York: Aladdin Books
Have you or your child ever had a bad day? You should read this book and compare your day to Alexander’s. You will feel much better. In Where the Wild Things Are, Max was having a bad day. For Elijah’s library, I included this book about a another boy who was having a bad day. In Alexander’s case it wasn’t just a bad day, it is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He seriously considered moving to Australia. Alexander started the day with gum in his hair and things went downhill from that point. He had no dessert for lunch. In Australia moms don’t forget those details. He had a cavity at the dentist’s office. Do they have dentists in Australia? He had to buy plain old, white sneakers instead of nifty, blue ones with red strips. To add insult to injury, lima beans were served for dinner! Poor Alexander, he was having a really rotten day. From time to time, everyone has a day where nothing goes right. Alexander’s very smart mom reminded him, “some days are like that. Even in Australia.”
Judith Viorst is a Renaissance woman! She does everything! She writes for children and adults. She writes prose and poetry. She writes fiction and nonfiction. She is a woman who has done many things. She lives in Washington, DC and her husband is a political writer. I wonder, if she will turn her pen to writing a political thriller. It seems to me she’s done everything else. She says she is an energetic person. I believe it!
It is interesting that her three sons, Anthony, Nicholas and Alexander appear in her books. I read that she tried to help them by writing books about people having the same problem they were having.¹ I read that when she showed her son Alexander the first draft of this book he got angry. She was giving him a bad day!²
She’s been writing books about aging through the decades. I think I am going to have to pick up one to read. Here are a few titles to entice you to do the same.
- Unexpectedly Eighty and Other Adaptations
- Suddenly 60 and Other Shocks of Life
- How Did I Get to Be 40 and Other Atrocities
- It’s Hard to Be Hip Over 30 & Other Tragedies of Married Life
You can find out more about Judith from the websites.