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

32 pages, 1987



1382 books
Alexander has a terrible day. When he wakes up, there's gum in his hair. His best friend abandons him and there's no dessert in his lunch bag. So it goes all day, with no chocolate milk (too cold) and lima beans for dinner (gag!). Judith Viorst's classic tale is handsomely illustrated by Anita Lobel in her distinctive style.
Embrace Bad Days

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst teaches us that everyone has bad days, even kids. It's a part of life. Instead of letting it ruin your mood, embrace it and know that it's okay to feel upset sometimes.

Express Your Feelings

In the book, Alexander doesn't hide his feelings. He's upset and he shows it. This teaches us the importance of expressing our emotions, rather than bottling them up. It's a healthy way to cope with bad days.

Bad Days are Universal

No matter where you are, bad days can happen. Alexander thinks about moving to Australia to escape his bad day, but he realizes that people have bad days everywhere, even in Australia. So, it's better to face them head-on.

Humor Helps

Despite the series of unfortunate events, the book maintains a humorous tone. This shows that humor can be a great tool to lighten the mood and make bad days a little less terrible. So, next time you're having a rough day, try to find the humor in it.

Tomorrow is a New Day

One of the key takeaways from Judith Viorst's book is that no matter how bad a day might be, it's just a day. It will pass and tomorrow is a new day. This gives us hope and encourages us to not let a bad day discourage us.

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Alexander's story is a testament to the resilience of children, a reminder that even the worst days can be survived and learned from.

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey - TV host, philanthropist

This book is a great lesson in perspective. It teaches us that everyone has bad days, but it's how we handle them that matters.

Bill GatesBill Gates - Microsoft co-founder

Alexander's story is a powerful reminder that it's okay to have a bad day, and that tomorrow is always a new opportunity.

Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama - Former First Lady

Alexander's tale is a wonderful example of how children's literature can tackle real-life issues with humor and grace.

J.K. RowlingJ.K. Rowling - Harry Potter author

This book is a beautiful reminder that it's okay to have a 'terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day' and that it's important to express our feelings.

Malala YousafzaiMalala Yousafzai - Education activist
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