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Felt understood on my own bad days as a kid, a favorite elementary age book

  • Jun 18, 2010
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It's good for kids to understand that not every day is great and that misfortunes don't last forever. Although geared mainly for an elementary audience, the book deals with life themes that resonate with adults, and are found in many adult self-help books: the power of positive thinking, and the realities of life that one may get the short end of the stick more than they would like to. Kids and readers encounter themes such as dealing with jealousy, and dealing with the unexpected, as life does not always go according to plan. Although this is a fiction book, the themes are very true to life in realities that no one is immune from. It allows children to learn to walk a day in another's shoes, teaching perspective and empathy, and to and understand that each person's life is on its own trajectory. It is a life lesson to come to the realization that all people have roller-coaster experiences. LIfe is like swiss cheese, sometimes you are in the holes or pits, but you don't stay there and the bad is only temporary. And it is ok to feel the entire range of emotions associated because the regression to the mean is inevitable with time. Especially important in our media-driven negative feedback society this is an important lesson to learn, remember, and live by.

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review by . June 17, 2010
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is, as the title suggests, a list of all the things that go wrong in Alexander's awful day. These things range from Alexander's friend demoting him to the rank of third best friend and having to watch kissing on TV, a thing which Alexander despises. I read this book when I was a child and would recommend it to any parent looking for a good and funny children's book, especially if their child is also having a bad day.   …
review by . June 16, 2010
This is a great book about the life of a child who is having a horrible day!  For him, it seems that everything that possibly could go wrong is going wrong and it keeps happening over and over again! This is a good book with a strong life lesson telling you that no matter how much goes wrong today, tomorrow is a brand new day! My 2 year old really loves reading this book and he laughs and finds it funny that Alexander is having a terrible, no good, very bad day!  I think the illustrations …
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
Excellent children's book. Can be a bit tiring to read aloud, but good nonetheless
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
life lessons galore!
review by . July 01, 2010
I loved this book as a child, because it showed me that it was ok to experience emotions, and to live through them. I eventually grew up and read this book to my children, who also love it.   I think its a testament to the book that after all these years, I sometimes refer to bad days as, "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad" days!
review by . June 29, 2010
 This is quite a comiical story.  Alexander is one of three children in his household.  Nothing goes his way during the story.  He has trouble with his milk and cereal as well as trouble at school and even getting fit with a brand new pair of shoes.   I enjoyed this book when my daughter was young.  I also read it to the students in my class especially when everything seems to go wrong.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Loved the book when i was a kid.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
super cute kid's book!!
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
I was given this as a gift when I was having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day myself... it always makes me smile!
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
My middle daughter still thinks this is one of the best books ever!!
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 On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.
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ISBN-10: 1416985956 (hbk. : Spl. Ltd ed.)
ISBN-13: 9781416985952 (hbk. : Spl. Ltd. ed.)
Author: Judith Viorst
Genre: Picture Books
Publisher: Atheneum
Date Published: September 22, 2009
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