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

Alexander’s horribly bad day is something we all need to read sometimes.  It’s strangely comforting knowing that someone else out there has terrible days where nothing works out, even if that someone is a character conceived by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz.  The tone is spot on, so if you or your kids ever have a day where you feel like leaving  everything and moving across the world, this book will resonate.  On regular days, the book will be funny.

The title has several synonyms.  See if you can come up with more.  Then list other interesting words from the story and find synonyms for those.  Give Alexander a better day by writing “Alexander and the Wonderful, Exciting, Lovely, Very Good Day.”


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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2 Responses to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  1. This is one of my favorites! I read it to one of my 8th grade classes this week, and I told them that the next time I am mad at someone I am going to say “I hope the next time you get a double-decker strawberry ice-cream cone the ice cream part falls off the cone part and lands in Australia.”

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