The perennially popular tale of Alexander’s worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child’s bookshelf. Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair. And it got worse… His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV! This handsome new edition of Judith Viorst’s classic picture book is sure to charm readers of all ages.
This book is a classic for a reason! I love it for two different reasons…1) I love that there isn’t really a big happy ending—it’s not that Alexander ends up turning his day around (which would also make for a great book). Sometimes we just all have a bad day, which is why this story is so relatable. This book acknowledges emotions and feelings and helps us realize that even if we’re having a bad day, there’s always tomorrow. And takeaway #2) This book is also hilarious and helps us all realize that our day could get much worse. ;) It’s sure to make anyone’s bad day turn around!
It’s funny, it’s silly, and the message is super simple and surprisingly powerful: we all have bad days sometimes. There’s something so relatable about Alexander, no matter how young or old we are and no matter what our personal version of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day looks like, exactly. This book is a classic for a reason, and I think it will continue to be lovable and relatable for generations to come, all around the world—even in Australia.
Judith Viorst is the author of the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies; the Lulu books, including Lulu and the Brontosaurus; the New York Times bestseller Necessary Losses; four musicals; and poetry for children and young adults. Her most recent books of poetry include What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? and Nearing Ninety.