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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day [Children's Pictorial Reader, Attitude]

Viorst, Judith and Pictures By Ray Cruz

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ISBN 10: 0689711735 / ISBN 13: 9780689711732
Published by Aladdin Paperbacks 1972, 1972
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ISBN:0-689-71173-5. Paper back in good condition, slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book. Some slight creases but good readers copy. Classic children's reader. With bright illustrations for easy comprehension. Great book for your kids. Poignant subject matter for today's young readers. No previous owners name, rare for children's books. Bookseller Inventory # 5024236

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Title: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No ...

Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks 1972

Publication Date: 1972

Illustrator: Fully Illustrated

Edition: NIS.

Book Type: A: Children's Reading Book

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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.

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"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."

So begin the trials and tribulations of the irascible Alexander, who has been earning the sympathy of readers since 1972. People of all ages have terrible, horrible days, and Alexander offers us the cranky commiseration we crave as well as a reminder that things may not be all that bad. As Alexander's day progresses, he faces a barrage of bummers worthy of a country- western song: getting smushed in the middle seat of the car, a dessertless lunch sack, a cavity at the dentist's office, stripeless sneakers, witnessing kissing on television, and being forced to sleep in railroad-train pajamas. He resolves several times to move to Australia.

Judith Viorst flawlessly and humorously captures a child's testy temperament, rendering Alexander sympathetic rather than whiny. Our hero's gum-styled hair and peevish countenance are artfully depicted by Ray Cruz's illustrations. An ALA Notable Book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a great antidote to bad days everywhere, sure to put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces. (Ages 5 to 9)

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