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Absolutely, Positively Alexander [Hardcover]

By Judith Viorst (Author), Ray Cruz (Illustrator) & Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)
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Item description for Absolutely, Positively Alexander by Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz & Robin Preiss Glasser...

Presents all three classic stories about Alexander, the youngster who is representative of everyone's little brother--struggling day by day against the unfair things in life and matching wits with his siblings--in a single volume.

Publishers Description
First published in 1972, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" introduced to the world a feisty young hero who soon captured the hearts of a generation. Since then Alexander has returned in "Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday" and "Alexander, Who's Not (Do you hear me? I mean it ) Going to move, " and his position as a classic character in children's literature is assured. Alexander is everyone's favorite boy, struggling against those obstacles that seem to get in the way of growing up, with the most formidable ones being his siblings. Here, all three Alexander stories are combined in one book -- a perfect way for Alexander to be introduced to a whole new generation of certain fans.

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Absolutely, Positively Alexander by Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz & Robin Preiss Glasser has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1997 page 51

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Atheneum
Pages   94
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.78" Width: 10.33" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1997
Publisher   Atheneum
Age  4-8
ISBN  0689817738  
ISBN13  9780689817731  

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More About Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz & Robin Preiss Glasser

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Judith Viorst is the author of many books for children, including the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and its sequels. She lives with her husband, Milton, in Washington, D.C.
Lane Smith is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He also wrote and illustrated Madam President, John, Paul, George & Ben, and It's a Book, which were all New York Times bestsellers. He lives with book designer Molly Leach in rural Connecticut and can be visited at

Judith Viorst currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia.

Judith Viorst has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Alexander (Hardcover)
  2. If I Were in Charge of World A145 P

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Reviews - What do customers think about Absolutely, Positively Alexander?

I wonder what ever happened to. . .   Jul 28, 2005
Alexander? He'd be quite middle-aged by now, perhaps with children of his own.

It would have been great if we had seen some stories of middle-school Alexander, teenage Alexander, Alexander at college, Alexander starting his career, meeting Mrs. Alexander, dealing with his own kids. . .
Alexander loves Alexander  Jul 13, 2004
Okay, I'll admit it. It's cool to see the look on Alex's face when he gets books that have his name in them. And this was definitely a winner. We'd checked out 'the horrible, terrible, no-good, very bad day', so I knew he'd like this one. Of course when we read it together he reads what Alexander says. It's pretty cool.
Who hasn't had a "terrible, horrible no good very bad day"  Mar 26, 2002
I grew up just loving Alexander in Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. My mother read it to us a children (ok, so now you know I'm not too old!) and I was just thrilled to see such a good copy of not only it but the other Alexander stories as well. The library binding is very nice and this book will definitely be a keepsake for my children someday. If you like to have books to pass on, this one's for you!
Absolutely Positively Alexander - Fantastic!  Jan 29, 2002
My son's name is Alexander (goes by Alex). I gave this to him as a birthday gift and we have read it over and over many times. The three short stories are just the right length for a bedtime story. This book has humor and the boy, Alexander, is one boy that all children can relate too. The illustrations are great too! I highly recommend this for any child.
Teaches Kids About Everyday Challenges......  Nov 16, 2001
.....that they or their friends may have to face in their young lives. In one story Alexander deals with issues surrounding moving to a new neighborhood. In another he deals with the repercussions of spending all his money. And, in the last, he deals with just a plain old bad day where nothing seems to go right. In each story Alexander feels kind of glum and is afraid that no one understands his struggle. By the end of each story though, he learns a lesson and learns his responsibility for his actions. The stories don�t end on particularly happy notes, where all works out despite everything, but rather shows a given realization being reached by young Alexander: that if you spend your money frivolously, you won�t �be rich�, that everyone has bad days and it�s just part of life, and that sometimes we have to do things we are afraid of and that we don�t want to do, such as move to a new neighborhood.

The stories are written on about a second grade reading level. Kids ages seven and eight will have little difficulty with the language or with following the story line. Honestly though, I�m not sure that kids this age will get the moral of the story on their own. They may just see the ending where Alexander doesn�t get what he wants as unfulfilling until an adult explains further.


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