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





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Published on Dec 29, 2014

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, published in 1972, is an ALA Notable Children's Book written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz.[1][2] It has also won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children's Book Award, and is a Reading Rainbow book. Viorst followed this book up with two sequels, Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday ISBN 978-0-689-30602-0, and Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move ISBN 0-689-31958-4.

From the moment Alexander wakes up things just do not go his way. As he gets up, the chewing gum that was in his mouth the night before winds up in his hair. When he gets out of bed, he trips on his skateboard and drops his sweater into the sink while the water was running. At breakfast, his brothers, Anthony and Nick, reach into their cereal boxes and find amazing prizes, while he ends up with just cereal.

In the carpool on the way to school, he doesn't get a window seat. His teacher, Mrs. Dickens, doesn't like his picture of the invisible castle (which is actually just a blank sheet of paper), criticizes him for singing too loud, and leaving out 16 at counting time. His friend, Paul, deserts him for his third best friend and there is no dessert in his lunchbag. At the dentist, Dr. Fields tells him he has a cavity and he has to come back next week so it can be fixed, the elevator door closes on his foot, Anthony pushes him into a mud puddle, Nick says he is a crybaby, he punches Nick for use of that word, and their mom punishes him for trying to punch Nick.

At the shoe store, they're out of Alexander's choice of sneakers (blue ones with red stripes), so his mom has to buy him plain white ones, which he refuses to wear. At his dad's office, he makes a mess of things when he fools around with everything there (the copying machine, the books, and the telephone), getting to the point where his dad tells him not to pick him up anymore.

At home, they have lima beans for dinner (which he hates), there is kissing on TV (which he also hates), bathtime becomes a nightmare (the water being too hot, getting soap in his eyes, and his marble going down the drain) and he has to wear his railroad train pajamas (which he hates). At bedtime, his night light burns out, he bites his tongue, Nick takes back a pillow he said he could keep, and the cat chooses to sleep with Anthony.

A running gag throughout the book is Alexander repeating several times that he wants to move to Australia (presumably because he thinks it's better there). It ends with his mom's assurance that everybody has bad days, even people who live there.[1] In the Australian and New Zealand versions, he wants to move to Timbuktu instead.

Music: Rickety Roadster By Purple Planet


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