Reading Comprehension - Literature: 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day'

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Alexander knows it is going to be a terrible day when he wakes up with gum in his hair, but it gets worse... his best friend deserts him, there was no dessert in his lunch bag, and on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!
by Judith Viorst
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.
At breakfast Anthony found a Corvette Sting Ray car kit in his breakfast
cereal box and Nick found a Junior Undercover Agent code ring in his breakfast
cereal box, but in my breakfast cereal box all I found was breakfast cereal.
I think I’ll move to Australia.
In the car pool Mrs. Gibson let Becky have a seat by the window. Audrey
and Elliott got seats by the window, too. I said I was being scrunched. I said I
was being smushed. I said, if I don’t get a seat by the window, I am going to be
carsick. No one even answered.
I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
At school Mrs. Dickens liked Paul’s picture of the sailboat better than my
picture of the invisible castle.
At singing time she said I sang too loud. At counting time she said I left out
sixteen. Who needs sixteen? I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no
good, very bad day.
I could tell because Paul said I wasn’t his best friend anymore. He said
that Philip Parker was his best friend and Albert Moyo was his next best friend
and that I was only his third best friend.
I hope you sit on a tack, I said to Paul. I hope the next time you get a
double-decker strawberry ice cream cone the ice cream part falls off the cone
part and lands in Australia.
There were two cupcakes in Philip Parker’s lunch bag and Albert got a
Hershey bar with almonds and Paul’s mother gave him a piece of jelly roll that
had little coconut sprinkles on the top. Guess whose mother forgot to put in
2. It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
That’s what it was, because after school my mom took us all to the dentist
and Dr. Fields found a cavity just in me. Come back next week and I’ll fix it, said
Dr. Fields.
Next week, I said, I’m going to Australia.
On my way downstairs the elevator door closed on my foot and while we
were waiting for my mom to go get the car Anthony made me fall where it was
muddy and then when I started crying because of the mud Nick said I was a
crybaby and while I was punching Nick for saying crybaby my mom came back
with the car and scolded me for being muddy and fighting.
I am having a terrible, horrible, no good, vary bad day, I told everybody. No
one even answered.
So then we went to the shoestore to buy some sneakers. Anthony chose
white ones with blue stripes. Nick chose red ones with white stripes. I chose
blue ones with red stripes but then the shoe man said, We’re all sold out. They
made me buy plain old white ones but they can’t make me wear them.
When we picked up my dad at his office he said I couldn’t play with his
copying machine, but I forgot. He also said to watch out for the books on his
desk, and I was careful as could be except for my elbow. He also said don’t fool
around with his phone, but I think I called Australia. My dad said please don’t
pick him up anymore.
It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
There were lima beans for dinner and I hate lima beans.
There was kissing on TV and I hate kissing.
My bath was too hot, I got soap in my eyes, my marble went down the
drain, and I had to wear my railroad-train pajamas. I hate my railroad-train
When I went to bed Nick took back the pillow he said I could keep and the
Mickey Mouse nightlight burned out and I bit my tongue.
3. The cat wants to sleep with Anthony, not with me.
It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia.