I really don’t know anyone who hasn’t read this book or in some cases lived it. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, first published in 1972 and written by Judith Viorst with illustrations by Ray Cruz speaks to the frustrations of life. I am so glad this book was written in the seventies, if it had been written today the doctor would have put Alexander on mood stabilizers and take away his belt and shoelaces.
The story follows Alexander on what one hopes is an atypical day in which crappy things keep happening to the lad. The reader identifies with Alexander and takes comfort in the fact that other people have the same bad days sometimes. Alexander’s big plan is to move to Australia cause he feels that life is better there and bad things won’t happen. People assume that the Australian Tourist Board paid Judith Viorst to product place the country, but that rumor is unfounded. The truth is that Australia is home to the world’s most deadliest creatures including spiders, snakes and dingos. Alexander is wise to heeds his mother’s words when she explains that people have bad days even in Australia. Just look up The Box Jellyfish to see how bad someone’s day can get.