Teaching Children's Literature

“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

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.

~Ashley Jacot

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This entry was posted on November 23, 2012 by in Picturebooks.

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