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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Ray Cruz, Judith Viorst

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is about a boy, Alexander, who is not having a good day. From the time he woke up with gum in his hair, to being deserted by his friends, and having no desert packed with his lunch, Alexander was having a very bad day. His teacher didn't even notice the invisible castle that he drew, and the shoe store was all out of the shoes he wanted. Poor Alexander! He just wanted to go away to Australia. When Alexander went to bed, his night wasn't any better, but his mom told him that even in Australia, some days are like that.

 

This book could be used for grades k-3. 

Sorting Activity: Students will read a scenario provided on cut-out strips of paper and decide whether it represents a good day or a bad day.  

Writing Activity: Have students write their own narrative pieces about their terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

Art Activity: Have students draw pictures of what they think Alexander’s invisible castle really looked like.