Alexander is having a bad day. In fact, Alexander is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day! Judith Viorst’s treasured picture book has a title that reiterates this claim, featuring a hero who perfectly encapsulates that day of doldrums readers have all experienced. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows poor Alexander as he wakes up with gum in his hair, the first of many difficulties the young boy is set to encounter. His troubles continue throughout his day, as the boy endures lima beans, keen pain at the hands of a dentist, and terrible pajamas, just to name a few of the emotional sores. Alexander surmises, time and time again, the only solution for this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day is, of course, a quick relocation to Australia. Viorst, with ease and humor, takes us through the boy’s entire day, finally concluding with some helpful advice, as Alexander’s mother reminds the boy that we all have bad days occasionally, even when one has an Australian address. This classic children’s book enchants due to its lovable narrator, who never ventures into annoying petulance, and rather resoundingly reminds us of our own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days, with a gentle note that maybe they weren’t so bad after all.