Not everyone has good days. Some days are just awful. For Alexander, it’s worse. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is written by Judith Viorst who is no stranger to writing enjoyable children’s books. Here she tells the tale of a boy named Alexander, whose horrible day begins after going to bed with gum in his mouth and awakening to find it stuck in his hair. From there poor Alexander’s day gets worse when he slips on his skateboard, drops his sweater into the sink, and finds no dessert in his lunch. After so many mishaps, it seems as though nothing will be able to turn his day around.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has delighted readers since 1972. Everyone can relate to Alexander as we’ve all dealt with days where we want to do nothing more than move to Australia like Alexander. With a cover done in bold colors and skillfully drawn black and white illustrations by Ray Cruz, adults and children alike gravitate towards this book. Though Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has never managed to snag a Caldecott Award, it has won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, and a Georgia Children’s Book Award. It has also appeared on Reading Rainbow and Viorst has followed up with more books featuring the beloved character of Alexander. Loved for over thirty years, it isn’t hard to imagine Alexander will amuse children for many more years to come.