Thursday, March 24, 2011
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
We flew out West for a wedding and it was a wonderful week with family and fun. Now that we are back on the East coast and trying to adjust to our time zone, school and work - the book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has been on my mind. I love this book. Author Judith Viorst and illustrator Ray Cruz created this book back in 1987. If you have this on your shelf pull it out and read it again - if not run to the library or the store - you will LOVE this book.
This is a story about Alexander and his "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." He wakes up with gum in his hair and that is just the beginning to his day. He slips on a skate left on the floor, his brother gets the toy out of the cereal box, and at the shoe store they don't have his favorite shoe in his size. It is just one of those days. The illustrations are pencil drawings and perfectly capture Alexander's expressions.
This books is humorous and gives words to the kind of days that everyone has sometimes - the "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days". This book helps kids (and adults) remember that some days are like that. Even in Australia.