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

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He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV.

What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too.
 

About Judith Viorst

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Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s picture books, adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry for children and adults, and musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. She is best known for her beloved picture book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Robin Preiss Glasser is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O’Connor; America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail, and Our Fifty States by Lynne Cheney, and Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She lives in Southern California with her family.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 34 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the spiky spirit of Sunday Morning (1969) but more truly attuned to a child's point of view, Viorst reviews a really aggravating (if not terrible, horrible, and very bad) day in the life of a properly disgruntled kid who wakes up with gum in his hair and goes to bed after enduring lima beans f...

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In the spiky spirit of Sunday Morning (1969) but more truly attuned to a child's point of view, Viorst reviews a really aggravating (if not terrible, horrible, and very bad) day in the life of a properly disgruntled kid who wakes up with gum in his hair and goes to bed after enduring lima bea...

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Viorst has her house exactly the way she likes it, with all the fine things that she denied herself when raising three rambunctious sons.

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Sometimes nothing beats a short dose of audio. Three recently released collections from HarperChildren's Audio just may fill the bill. Fans of Judith Viorst's picture book Alexander and the Terribl

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Examiner

He soon learns that he's not alone in his streak of bad luck when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their most miserable, horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day.

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Moments after Alexander (Parker Drown) groggily greets the day, he discovers that he has misplaced the gum he was chewing as he fell asleep.

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Slate

We also will gleefully ignore the thousands and thousands of books that are run-of-the-mill bad, either because they are plainly and deeply insincere, less books than products—The Very Hungry Media Property, The Little Ancillary Deal That Could, etc.—or because they have fatally overdosed on sinc...

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Common Sense Media

Anyone who's ever had a day they'd rather forget will love this cleverly illustrated, laugh-out-loud account of one boy's day of misfortune.

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Thumbnail: This Walt Disney adaptation of the beloved kids' book is a surprisingly entertaining, insightful, and intelligent film, one that will entertain kids without remotely insulting their parental chaperones. The Box Office: The picture is of course based on the classic children's short stor...

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Anyone who's ever had a day they'd rather forget will love this cleverly illustrated, laugh-out-loud account of one boy's day of misfortune.

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"The best books, reviewed with insight and charm, but without compromise." - author Jackie French. Monday, 20 October 2014. Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day ... Good, Very Bad Day Author: Judith Viorst

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The Times-Picayune

That starts with the gum in his hair and continues to include, among other middle-school horrors, a particularly disastrous science lab as well as the discovery that his birthday party is scheduled to take place on the same day as that of one of the coolest kids in school, virtually assuring Alex...

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