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

Illustrated by Ray Cruz
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About The Book

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 The Author

Photograph by Debbie Wager

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. A graduate in 1981 of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s chapter and picture books—including the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies; adult fiction and nonfiction including the New York Times bestseller, Necessary Losses; poetry for children and adults; and four musicals. Her most recent books of poetry include What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? and Nearing Ninety.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 2009)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416985952
  • Grades: P - 2
  • Ages: 4 - 7
  • Lexile ® AD970L

Awards and Honors

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Reading Rainbow Book
  • Georgia Children's Book Award
  • George G. Stone Center Recognition Of Merit

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