Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Title: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Author: Judith Viorist

Description: Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair and that’s just the beginning. His entire day just isn’t going his way. He thinks he should move to Australia.


  • Narrative / Retelling
  • Why questions
  • Perspective taking
  • Social Language Skills
  • Reading Body Language

Why I like this book: An entertaining read that goes well with the Incredible 5 Point Scale. We use it in group to help us understand how “big” a problem really is as and how to handle it.

Ideas for use:

  • In a social group or social skill session use the 5 point scale and have children decide what kind of problem Alexander is having. Does his reaction match the situation (one of our Social Adventures app activities )
  • Use for retelling. Use the pictures to help kiddos remember what happened to Alexander. Incorporate temporal markers (first, then, later, after that), causals (because, so, etc.). Because so much happens to Alexander, it’s a good story to help with prioritizing. We don’t have to retell EVERYTHING that happens to Alexander…just pick a few of your favorites.
  • Help children interpret body language from the pictures. Add thinking bubbles for all the characters. How is Alexander’s reactions impacting others around him?
  • Have students write their own “Horrible Day.” Great for oral and written language goals. Add pictures. You could even write it on the Story Patch App and insert your own pictures.

Submitted by: Meghan G.Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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