“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Written by Judith Viorst, Illustrated by Ray Cruz. Aladdin, c. 1972.
Reading Level: 970L
Synopsis: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is the classic tale about Alexander who cannot get a break. Everything goes wrong for him including friendship issues, unwanted shoes, and the lack of a dessert in his lunch box. Alexander eventually learns that sometimes we have bad days, but there is always tomorrow to look forward to.
Rationale for Use: Alexander is a fun character. Students can relate to the plot.
Content Area Connections: Overcoming difficult situations, character, plot
Possible Problems or Concerns: Some students may not like the fact that the illustrations aren’t colorful.