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

Judith Viorst (1987), Aladdin Paperbacks

Alexander went to sleep with gum in his mouth and now there’s gum in his hair. He dropped his sweater in the sink and didn’t get a toy in his cereal. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He thinks he’ll move to Australia. At school, Mrs. Dickens didn’t like Alexander’s singing or drawings and Paul said he was only his third best friend. After school, nothing went right and dinner was no better. Today was a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day. But Alexander’s mom said that some days are like that, even in Australia.

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Why is Alexander having such a horrible day?

Why do you think that Alexander was upset about his bad day? What would you do in that situation?

What do you think Alexander learned about having bad days?

Alexander’s mom told him that some days are just terrible, horrible, no good, bad days. Have you ever had someone help you during a bad day?

What are some things that you do to help yourself through bad days?