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

  • Title: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Author: Judith Viorst
  • Illustrator: Ray Cruz
  • Publisher: Aladdin Books, Macmillan Publishing Company
  • Publication year: 1972
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“This refreshingly candid picture book offers an engaging portrait of one little boy’s comically lousy day.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – As I mentioned in one of my other posts, I feel like this book can be used in conjunction with a more diverse “slice of life” picture book. I did find an interesting blog post from a blog called Little Cooks Reading Books that includes 18 different teaching lessons and activities around this book.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. – Cruz’s original black and white illustrations only lend to the sort of day Alexander is having. The small details from the text that Cruz includes, such as the Mickey Mouse night light Alexander has in his room, make this picture book really stand out. The story of one boy’s terrible day is relatable to all children.

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