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

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Judith Viorst – Illustrated by Ray Cruz – 1972

So this morning I woke up with the BOOG’s foot in my rib, a tangle in my hair and meowing hungry cats (because I forgot to put more food in their “Self-Feeder”) All before my first cup of coffee!

“I think I’ll move to Australia!”

If you get my meaning than you’re familiar with this book and if you have no idea what I’m talking about but know the feeling than you’ll completely relate to Alexander. In this instance,Alexander is having a really craptastic day. For example…….

“ 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 the 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.”
Ahhhh, to be young! When all you had to worry about was little gum in the hair and not getting the right sneakers or you arrive famished to the dining room table only to discover Lima Beans on your plate. The truth is, bad days happen to everyone sooner or later at any age. Imagine for a second your only 3 and you can’t quite get your foot into your pants on your own, your mom says no when you want a cookie and on top of it all dad is watching Sunday night football and you can’t watch your favorite cartoon! When you’re a little child all these minor hassles can seem like the end of the world!

Just when I thought I conquered The Terrible Twos it seems we are just getting started!

P.S I found my copy at a local thrift store and almost didn’t purchase it because it had an inscription on the title page. That little scribble turned out to be Judith Viorst’s signature! That wasn’t such a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at all!

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