Alexander's bad day makes for a great book.

Children Reading

Looking for a great book to read with the kids after a long week at school? Look no further!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day stars the young boy Alexander and follows him through one of the worst days imaginable in which he just wishes he could be in Australia instead. Each scene is illustrated in great detail in a black and white pen drawing fashion mostly using the cross-hatch technique to give beautiful depth to both the people and their surroundings. This form of drawing lends itself to having great visible texture appealing to both children and adults alike.
Cover "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"

The writing of this story is longer than some picture books and could be a bit much for very young readers. However, the subtle repetition of sentence structures (“I said I was being scrunched. I said I was being smushed” pg. 3) and the repeated mention of Australia make it easier to follow even with its occasional run on sentences. As for the plot, I believe this is a kind of day that anyone alive can relate to and therefore makes it a great bridge between both children and adults. We have all had one of those days.

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