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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: 04/08/10

Although the illustrations in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst are firmly planted in the early 1970s, Alexander's bad day and his on-going grumpiness still rings true.

Alexander is having one of those days that starts off bad and gets worse. He has gum in his hair. He doesn't find a toy in his cereal when all his friends have. He gets squished in the middle of an old style VW bug on the way to school. He just can't get it together at school. And so forth and so on.

Like so many of us, Alexander just wants to run away from his problems. He'd rather go to Australia than continue facing his bad day. Heck, there are days when I'd like to that too!

The book has made such an impression on people especially of my generation that you will find many "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day" blog posts. Very few of them are about the book or Alexander. They are all though about bad days.

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Comment #1: Friday, April, 9, 2010 at 15:52:57


My brother loved this book when he was younger, and was an apt description of him during his teenager years. I guess we're all Alexander at some point.

Comment #2: Friday, April 2010 at 20:55:55


My son loves the book. I think you're right; we are all Alexander at some point. Thanks for stopping by!

Comment #3: Friday, April, 9, 2010 at 17:59:00


I have always loved this book!!!!

Comment #4: Friday, April 10 2010 at 21:00:57


The book has grown on me over time. I think I like it more as an adult than I did as a child.

Comment #5: Saturday, April, 10, 2010 at 14:47:35


Just hopping by from the Blog Hop. I loved this book when I was younger! I still use the title when I'm having a bad day. It cheers me up. :-)

Comment #6: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 14:07:44


It's a good description for a bad day. Thank you for stopping by.

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