Judith Gips, July 10, 2013 (view all comments by Judith Gips)
One of my favorite children's books, though I am too old to have encountered it aqs a child.. I read this one to my child and to innumerable other children in schools, residential treatment programs, day care, at home and in libraries, and it never ceases to put a wry smile on my face, especially when I'm having a frustrating day myself. "Alexander and the Terrible...Day" didactic in a very gentle ironic voice; some days *are* just like that, even in the mythic "Australia" where Alexander imagines he should be able to escape the flat tires and spilled ink and groceries of everyday life. When I am tired of cloying New Age sweetness, on the one hand, and despair on the other, I can pull out the tale of the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day and put it all in perspective. Thank you Judith Viorst for this enduring gem.
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sp879418, July 13, 2009 (view all comments by sp879418)
Thought this was a great book when I was younger; in elementary school, we had a day where 2 of the classes got together to recite lines in front of parents...we had to act it out and all! I am older now, but I just had a conversation about the book with my boyfriend. He used to love this book when he was younger because he thought the book was written about him since his name is Alex. He says he used to read it every time he experienced a bad day.
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Viorst's classic tale of a little boy who must accept the reality that "some days are like that," when everything he does goes awry, is one of her most popular works. "The clever text shines."--"School Library Journal," starred review. ALA Notable Children's Book. Full color.
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