Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

""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."

So begin the trials and tribulations of the irascible Alexander, who has been earning the sympathy of readers since 1972. People of all ages have terrible, horrible days, and Alexander offers us the cranky commiseration we crave as well as a reminder that things may not be all that bad. As Alexander's day progresses, he faces a barrage of bummers worthy of a country- western song: getting smushed in the middle seat of the car, a dessertless lunch sack, a cavity at the dentist's office, stripeless sneakers, witnessing kissing on television, and being forced to sleep in railroad-train pajamas. He resolves several times to move to Australia.

Judith Viorst flawlessly and humorously captures a child's testy temperament, rendering Alexander sympathetic rather than whiny. Our hero's gum-styled hair and peevish countenance are artfully depicted by Ray Cruz's illustrations. An ALA Notable Book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a great antidote to bad days everywhere, sure to put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces. (Ages 5 to 9) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. " ~~ Amazon.com


I could have re-written of one of my favorite books yesterday. Someday some of it might be looked back upon as funny, but it will be awhile. I did find this in my inbox from a friend last night though and it was a sweet reminder that "things may not be all that bad."


And I'm pretty sure it's way too hot in Australia for me.

11 comments:

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

From my angle, your life looks soft and whooly.

Nancy K. said...

For perspective:

imagine yesterday without sheep...

I hope your day gets better!
Thanks for the note about Danactive ~ I'll give it a try.

thecrazysheeplady said...

You are SO right!

DayPhoto said...

I love your hug! That is so special. You should make cards with this photo! You should, you really should.

A sheep love,wow!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Denise said...

Uh oh are you having a bad reaction to bee syrup? There is always Victoria it is south and cooler there. They grow lots of grapes and good wine :-) You know these bad days do pass...but they sure are a very big bummer when they happen.

Wonder how bee syrup and soy milk would sub for vietnamese iced coffee? Nah, just doesn't even sound close.. mebe I'll swing by MacD for a taste treat.

Goodness you do have me worried...I hope the 2 legged and 4 leggeds are alright.

Dana and Daisy said...

I completely think it is on the stars or moon or something. the last week has been filled with stories like this and a lot of tragedy too.

I'm staying indoors to be safe. ha ha!

Alice said...

The picture from your friend is the best antidote for a bad day. A good reminder of how you got to be the crazysheeplady.

Barbara's Spot on the Blog said...

My nephew is here from Melbourne Australia and is leaving Thursday. He'll be going back to cold and wintery weather in Victoria (rain and early morning frost).

Their seasons are opposite to ours although Darwin is usually pretty hot all year round.

Stasia said...

I'm sorry you had an icky day!

Sending you hugs and good energy for the rest of the week. Hoping you all are ok.

Carolina Trekker said...

Wow. Is that Graham Lamb and Keebler in the last picture with you on this post? If so, they are growing up fast. Sweet photo.
Can't wait to see their new sister, Nilla.

Ed said...

I was stuck in western Kentucky the last 5 days with out A/C in my truck, wish I was 90 miles east of there..;-)

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