Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a children’s classic, and for good reason. The charming story of a little boy and all his daily troubles and woes, from waking up with gum in his hair, to dropping his sweater in water, to schoolyard arguments, being forced to eat food he hates, and even seeing kissing on TV (yerck!) helps children to understand that our feelings are not always rational, and sometimes everything just feels bad.
Eventually Alexander’s belief that everything would be better in Australia is gently rebuked by his mother that night, who notes that even people in Australia can have bad days. With its unique illustrations communicating the thundering emotions of Alexander as he negotiates his Very Bad day, the book will appeal to children and adults alike for its gentle humour and empathy.