We’ve all had a day when life dominos upon us–a day that maybe starts with the garbage disposal making a funny, clanking, crunching (expensive) sound. The repairman comes and extracts a plastic bottle cap which has bounced in unseen. He charges $75 for the visit. Then, you need something at the grocery store, but the car battery is somewhat dead because someone left the light on in the car all night. Your neighbor gives you a jump start, but when you get back home from shopping, the garage door won’t open. Is the battery dead in the opener? Too simple. Darker forces are at work… The repairman comes and announces that your spring has snapped, and he wants a few hundred dollars to replace it.
Tired from the sheer excitement of the day, you shift your washed laundry into the dryer and take a nap to the soothing sound of tumbling clothes. Thirty minutes later, you wake to a funny smell and a bit of smoke, streaming from the laundry room. Thankfully, you rescue your clothes before they turn to ashes. When the repairman comes, he lets you know your vent is packed with lint. $150 later, it’s clearly time to settle down with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. You fill the little basket with your favorite, hazelnut-vanilla grounds, add water, press the start button, and take your dog outside while you wait. When you come back inside, a gushing sound has you running into the kitchen to find you forgot to put the pot under the coffee maker’s spout.
If you’ve ever had one of those days when EVERYTHING that can go wrong does go wrong, you’ll love the humor in the book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst.
Title – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Written by – Judith Viorst
Illustrated by – Ray Cruz
Published by – Aladin Paperbacks – 1972
Topic – Having a bad day
Opening – I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on a skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.le
Amazon’s Review – View it HERE. The perennially popular tale of Alexander’s worst day is now a board book that belongs on every child’s bookshelf.
Alexander is not having a great day. He has to endure gum in his hair, sitting in the middle of the backseat, third-best-friend status, no dessert at lunch, lima beans, railroad pajamas, and kissing on TV—all in one day! Maybe he’ll just move to Australia.
This funny and endearing story has delighted readers for more than forty years