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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Viorst Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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Judith Viorst's most adored book is undoubtedly the children's classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In this new book, fans will recognize and be drawn to the Alexander they know and love: only now he's all grown up, with three kids of his own.

When Judith's son Alexander announces that he; his wife, Marla; their daughter, Olivia (age five); and their two sons, Isaac (age two) and Toby (four months); will be staying with her and her husband for 90 days while their house was being renovated, Judy doesn't know quite how to respond. I tried to think of it as a magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only to strengthen family ties and not only to really get to know the grandchildren, but also to further my personal growth while also achieving marital enrichment. She decides that she'll have to learn to let go of her excessive devotion to domestic neatness and adherence to carefully planned schedules.

As Judith's tightly run home turns into a high-octane madhouse of screaming grandkids, splattered floors, spilled milk, and tripped-over toys, she begins to understand that, despite the chaos, what she's been given truly is an amazing thing, an opportunity to know her children and grandchildren a little better than before, but also to reconnect with her husband as they hold hands, close their eyes, and wait patiently for move-out day.

When the Alexander Five make a final departure to their newly refurbished home, Judith realizes that Alexander's wonderful, marvelous, excellent, terrific 90 days might have been the greatest gift her son could have given her: the gift of discovering forgotten memories, making loving families, and a chance to live life a little more deeply.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/13/2014

    " This was a sweet, light read. It was fun to catch up on the grown up Alexander, who has to be one of my favorite characters ever (immortalized by his mother in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day as well as one or two other books for kids). This is emphatically NOT for kids (a fair amount of swearing and adult musings on relationships that would bore kids to tears), but it is an interesting look at the ties that bind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bella | 2/12/2014

    " thought it would have more substance "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/9/2014

    " I was a little disappointed. I loved the original "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" so I expected more. I also was drawn to the book because I have an adult daughter and her three children coming to spend the summer at our house - so I could relate to the premise, but Viorst also slipped in crass language along the way. I need to stick to books others have recommended personally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rcity1 | 2/5/2014

    " This was cute, fun. I could relate. About a family who's married child with family moves in with them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 1/23/2014

    " You remember Alexander & his terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day, of course. Well, Alexander is now 39 & he, his wife, & their 3 children under the age of five, have come to live with the senior Viorsts for THREE months while their house is being remodeled. This is Judith Viorst at her mature best. I think you have to be a grandparent to fully appreciate the nuances here. I was shouting, "Right on!" a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddy | 1/19/2014

    " I just loved this book. Being a grandmother myself, I could really relate to the situations Judith was talking about.I love her sense of humor! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauretta | 1/17/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook but still prefer the Terrible No-Good Very Bad Day more "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynnea | 1/14/2014

    " I can't completely say I read this book - I gave up after the first 30 pages. It was slightly amusing but just didn't hold my interest. Plus, using the "f" word to describe her grandson's bottle completely turned me off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tatrd | 1/8/2014

    " Not bad but not great either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grandma | 12/30/2013

    " Wonderful, marvelous, excellent and terrific account of three generations living in one house. I could relate to so many things that happened and the feelings of grandma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/30/2013

    " Fabulous ! Laugh out loud funny but also special moments shared by 3 generations living together for months "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stillme | 12/10/2013

    " Not quite as entertaining as I hoped - I'm glad she's not my mom/grandma - but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 11/27/2013

    " I was disappointed. Sometimes sequels are just not equal to the original work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aunt Re | 9/26/2013

    " just a simple, easy book that makes a mother smile with empathy for Judith Viorst and her family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb Luckenbihl | 9/6/2013

    " basic grandmother's brag of grandchildren "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/28/2012

    " My mother-in-law sent this to us for our anniversary. It is about the author's son who happens to have a five year old, a two year old and a 4 month old and moves in with her for three months! Great book all around. It gave me an insight into the mind of the grandparent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Milstein | 5/18/2012

    " A delightful funny little book. It's hard to believe that such a perfect family does exist. The book helps grandparents to put conflicts with their new families in perspective. She made smart observations on parenting today. It's a nice book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 5/11/2011

    " I thought this book was a delightful fun read (well, listen, actually. It was an audio-library book). I think my Mom should read it. I think she'd laugh a lot, and agree a lot. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor | 4/28/2011

    " THE ALEXANDER WE MEET IN CHILHOOD IS ALL GROWN UP. QUICK ENJOYABLE READ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eloise | 3/2/2011

    " I would have rated this book much more highly had I not been offended at the language. At times it is very funny, and I enjoyed Viorst's insights about being a grandparent and having her son, his wife, and their three children live with her husband and her for ninety days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 1/28/2011

    " i'm not a mom...but i laughed hysterically through every page "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 10/28/2010

    " This was more an extended article than a book, and it was slight re-hashing generational parenting styles, but it was still fun. And I think those Viorst grandkids have a great set of grandparents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddy | 7/2/2009

    " I just loved this book. Being a grandmother myself, I could really relate to the situations Judith was talking about.I love her sense of humor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aunt Re | 6/29/2009

    " just a simple, easy book that makes a mother smile with empathy for Judith Viorst and her family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/25/2009

    " A cute grandma perspective, and although I can't fault the author for writing lovingly about her family, it seemed a little too apologetic for any fault she dared mention about their time spent together. If I want saccharine, I can watch Full House on TV :p "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 7/23/2008

    " She's brilliant. I laughed out loud in places and reminisced in others. All too true when the kids come home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 6/16/2008

    " Judith Viorst is absolutely hilarious! Her experiences of living with the "Alexander Five" are heartwarming. Although her home and other belongings may never be the same, her feelings for her children and grandchildren have grown tremendously! "

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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

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.