Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's OK to Have a Bad Day!

I'll be honest, starting back to school is a very stressful time for me. From what I have heard from my friends and their facebook statuses, it's stressful for many people! So I thought a great book of the week would be one that celebrates our Bad Days. It's OK to have them every once in a while, but the most important thing when dealing with our Bad Days is to remember that we can make our day better with our positive thinking. Check out these books, they might turn your frown upside down!!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
by: Judith Viorst
Summary: "I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."

So begin the trials and tribulations of the irascible Alexander, who has been earning the sympathy of readers since 1972. People of all ages have terrible, horrible days, and Alexander offers us the cranky commiseration we crave as well as a reminder that things may not be all that bad. As Alexander's day progresses, he faces a barrage of bummers worthy of a country- western song: getting smushed in the middle seat of the car, a dessertless lunch sack, a cavity at the dentist's office, stripeless sneakers, witnessing kissing on television, and being forced to sleep in railroad-train pajamas. He resolves several times to move to Australia.

Judith Viorst flawlessly and humorously captures a child's testy temperament, rendering Alexander sympathetic rather than whiny. Our hero's gum-styled hair and peevish countenance are artfully depicted by Ray Cruz's illustrations. An ALA Notable Book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a great antidote to bad days everywhere, sure to put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces. (Ages 5 to 9)

Addies Bad Day
by: Joan Robins
Summary: Addie really wants to go to Max's birthday party, but it is a BAD day. Addie won't take her hat off. And she won't tell Max why. Can Max convince his best pal to throw off her cap and join the party? Great Beginner chapter book for grades 1-3.

My favorite part: FUN ACTIVITIES!
1. Everyone has bad hair days, try creating a picture of the craziest hair day your child can think up. Simply draw a head, and let them decide how crazy the hair will be.
2. Talk about how to get out of our bad moods on bad days, discuss how families can help one another have better days. (For me- chocolate fixes everything! haha)
3. Write a story. Tell about a bad day you have had.
4. Alex can't seem to remember the number 16. Use this number with a little math exercise using paper clips, pennies, whatever. How many times can you divide this number? What else can you do with 16 things?


  1. Cute page - it makes me want to find a child and read!

  2. Love your blog! I don't know which is more fun; reading the summaries or the books!