Alicia, a usually cheerful little girl, has an unusally bad day. Her quirky remedies for a bad day, and her final cure, though, are sure to bring happy smiles to readers everywhere.
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Lisa Jahn-Clough has written and illustrated a number of books for young children, including Alicia Has a Bad Day, My Friend and I, Missing Molly, Simon and Molly Plus Hester, and On the Hill, as well as her debut young adult novel Country Girl, City Girl. She is the chair of the illustration program at Maine College of Art and also teaches at the Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She lives in Portland, Maine.From Publishers Weekly:
Deliberately childlike paintings put a comic edge on a terrible, rotten, very bad day. Those of, shall we say, artistic temperaments may find a kindred spirit in this debut book's scowling, yellow-haired narrator, Alicia, who wakes up one day in inexplicable misery. First she sulks around the house ("After I mope I lie on the floor and stare at the ceiling. The cracks make faces at me"), then she maliciously stomps on ants outdoors, where a gray cloud threatens to block out a frowning sun. Surrounded by a violent, slashy purple-and-black aura, Alicia writes the word "lugubrious" in her notebook ("Lugubrious is my favorite miserable word. It means dark and dreary"); young vocabulary enthusiasts will enjoy being handed a 50-cent word, the poor definition notwithstanding. Alicia's bleak humor, which lasts until her orange dog cheers her with a friendly lick, grows tedious, but Jahn-Clough's simplistic brushwork, roughly hewn in straight-from-the-tube colors, wryly conveys surliness. Spending time with Alicia might distract a moody reader from an impending tantrum, or simply serve as a reminder that everyone has bad days. Ages 4-8.
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Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11039569454X
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 039569454X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1816830