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


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A refreshingly relatable story, this book’s expert, detailed line drawings bring the story into hilarious focus.


Many children’s books avoid realism, but this story sinks its teeth into the mundane misfortunes that can make a day go bad.

The little boy wakes to gum in his hair, then slips on a skateboard, then lands his sweater under the faucet. That’s enough to make any happy kid grimace, but an art class failure deepens the frustration.

This is a great book to read to a kid who has had a bad day, and the level of detail on the illustrations takes you into the scene and away from your own worries.


  • Author: Judith Viorst
  • Illustrator: Ray Cruz
  • Paper book
  • 32 pages
  • 10” x 0.4” x 7.5”
  • Published: June 1, 1972

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