Monday, December 3, 2012

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

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

Author: Judith Viorst

Illustrator: Ray Cruz

Genre: Fiction

Ages: 6 and up

Themes: Friendship, Family, School

Summary: Alexander wakes up one morning and everything that can go wrong, does. He is having an awful day and with each thing he does, Alexander's day gets worse. 

Pre-Reading Activity: Talk about what makes a good day or a bad day. Make a T chart to list characteristics of each.

Post-Reading Activity: Write the different events from the story on sentences strips. Let students work together to put the sentence strips in the order that they happened in the story. Discuss how all of these events happened over the span of one day. 

Reflection: Students will love the humor in this book and will be able to relate to some of the events that happen to Alexander in this story. 

About the Author

Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst has written many books for children. One of the books she has written is Just in Case, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.



  1. This was my favorite book as a child to read when I was having that awful day. It always seemed to cheer me up.

  2. I love this book too! I read it to my kids a lot!