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

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Bibliographic Information: Viorst, J., & Cruz, R. (1972). Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. New York: Atheneum.

Brief Annotation: Alexander knows it is going to be a horrible, no good, very bad day when he wakes up with gum in his hair. And from there his day just continues to get worse until Mom assures him that everyone has bad days.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 3

Readers who will like this: Readers who are having or who have ever had a bad day; readers learning to make connections to their readings

Rating/Response: 4 Alexander’s authentic voice makes this story relatable for anyone who has ever had “one of those days” where nothing seems to go right. Rather than being sugar-coated and charming, this honest dialogue provides readers with an enjoyably realistic story that ensures that everyone has bad days.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: “Have you ever had a bad day where things just did seem to go right?” “What are some things that make a day start off bad?”

Reading Strategy: Making Connections

Rationale for Strategy: This book is a great resource in teaching student to make connections with their reading. Because everyone is likely to recall a bad day, student will be able to relate to Alexander and compare their own lives to the events of this book.

Posted by: Sammi Keller

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