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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (73,234 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Viorst Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN:
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When Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, he thinks that maybe it's going to be a bad day. When he trips on the skateboard by his bed and drops his sweater in the sink, he knows it's going to be even worse than he thought. His brothers find fabulous prizes in their cereal boxes; he finds cereal. His best friends get fancy desserts in their lunch boxes; Mom forgets dessert. From being scrunched in the car on the way to school all the way to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV (yuck!), the day just keeps getting worse. It's enough to make him want to move to Australia. A popular and prolific author of children's books, Judith Viorst writes so that kids can recognize themselves in her stories. Johnny Heller's sympathetic narration lets the child in everybody identify with Alexander's predicament and his temptation to go somewhere far away.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leticia | 2/14/2014

    " grate for emotionally response practice. It is ok to have feeling. Scratch that, is great to have feelings! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckie Coldiron | 2/8/2014

    " This is a great, imaginative book that explains to children that bad days really do happen to everyone, even in Australia! I loved the creative spin Viorst used when creating this fun story. I believe that Alexander is definitely a character that is relevant to every single student, since we're all bound to have one of those days. However, at the end of this book, the child's day might not seem too bad to them. This would be a great book to incorporate predications, cause & effect and you could even have your children switch-up the ending. Lots of great ides, with this entertaining book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/3/2014

    " One of my very favorites. I often have similar days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcella | 2/3/2014

    " Such a fun book! If you read it out loud it's even better! Poor Alex! It's such an adorable read and he's so cute having his fit!! Another Classic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/24/2014

    " Classic! Reading this book again brought back reality that sometimes we just have those bad days! This is great for students who may be having one of those days! Also, it would be good to discuss that everyone has those days no matter where they live- in your neighborhood or Austrailia. The emphasis on Austrailia could lead to searching the continent on a map! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Kirkham | 1/16/2014

    " It's hard for me to give 5 stars to a chiildren's book because I find so few "amazing." This one is really great though. Alexander is a great character. I read this book to my classes as an example of using long (run on) sentences to bring out characterization. Wonderfully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/15/2014

    " The students will love this book. It talks about how a boy is having a bad day and that it happens to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 1/9/2014

    " One of my top 3 all time favorites! Some days are good and some days are bad.......even in Australia! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salima Hart | 1/9/2014

    " This is a cute book about a little boy that has a terrible day. From the minute he wakes up to the very end, nothing seems to go right for poor Alexander. I think that this is a great book to read to students because sometimes we all have a bad day when nothing seems to be going our way. I would use this book for students to discuss times that they have had a rough day. I would also use this as a writing prompt so that students can talk about a time that they had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day or even write their own mini-book about that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dylan Dachtler | 1/4/2014

    " This is a good book but it puts my daughters in a bad mood after reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D. Brown | 12/31/2013

    " I so agree with this book on some days...especially testing days! Let's just move to Australia! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 12/22/2013

    " Everyone has terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days just like Alexander! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pynteya Bate | 12/11/2013

    " The story is about Alexander, a young boy who had a rough day from the start and it did not get better. I did not like this story at all, maybe I am missing something.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivan | 11/26/2013

    " Love Judith Viorst. Was thinking of giving this to a nephew....but maybe I'll just keep it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Carter | 11/18/2013

    " A book to show children that there are just some days when we all want to go back to bed - and these bad days take place all over the world - even in Australia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Easley | 11/18/2013

    " I thought this book was funny and it really captured the way kids think about the world and the way they talk. It is a good book to teach kids that everyone has bad days sometimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/8/2013

    " Don't we all have days like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany Borgschatz | 10/27/2013

    " I still think of this book when I'm having one of those days where everything seems to go wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney Edlund | 10/9/2013

    " This is still too wordy for my 15-month old, but he is going to love it. I sure did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 9/23/2013

    " My mom used to read this to me everyday! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michela Nardi | 8/17/2013

    " hilarious and totally awesome book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Child960801 | 7/29/2013

    " A classic about how some days are just no good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Natiuk | 7/24/2013

    " I think this book is perfect to read whenever you (or child) has a bad day! A charming, "feel bad" book it reminds you that some days life just stinks. Somehow, it manages to cheer you up... guess it is true that misery loves company. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tierra Garr | 7/21/2013

    " I read this every year during our personal writing unit. Boy does Alexander have a tough day! I think about moving to far away places such as Australia too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/15/2013

    " This is a fabulous picture book which my son loved when he was small. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 6/24/2013

    " Great book about to help children find good things about bad days. Can relate to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Galadriel Johnson | 5/29/2013

    " Always a good choice! I have loved this one since Kindergarten. Thank you Mrs. Pennino! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Joor | 5/18/2013

    " Clearly a classic among children's picture books! Whenever a friend, family member, or I have "one of those days", this is the title that comes to mind first! It was just one of those "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days ... I think, perhaps, we should just go to Australia!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Dove | 5/16/2013

    " Everyone has had a day like Alexander at one time or another; a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, and so everyone can relate to the story and to the humour. It's a great read aloud story for children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 5/15/2013

    " Fond memories of this book, despite its having been referenced *every* time I or one of my siblings had a sulk when we were kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P | 3/10/2013

    " Sometimes my kids also have terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Maybe we should live in Australia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MISTRESS OF AWESOME | 2/9/2013

    " This book got me my first kiss in second grade. Five big smoochy stars for that! "

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About the Author
Author Judith ViorstJudith Viorst is the author of several children’s books, including Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move. She lives in Washington, D.C.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.