Exclusive Video Interview with the Author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Traci Swain
“A bad day is not forever. It’s a day, with a beginning, middle, and end. And if you can think of what’s going on in your life as ‘you’re having a bad day’ and not as ‘you’re having a bad life,’ that helps!” —Judith Viorst
Did you know that Alexander and his two brothers, Anthony and Nicholas, in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day are based on author Judith Viorst’s real-life children?
It turns out that Judith was inspired to write the relatable picture book when Alexander came home from school with a skinned knee…from story time! Watch this Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive video with the beloved author to discover:
• How the real-life Alexander reacted to seeing his story on the page (it might not be what you’d expect!)
• What readers take away from the story and share with Judith that warms her heart (including their own “worse” bad days)
• How Judith seeks inspiration as a professional writer (“when there’s no wind, row”)
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Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Judith Viorst is the author of the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies; the Lulu books, including Lulu and the Brontosaurus; the New York Times bestseller Necessary Losses; four musicals; and poetry for children and young adults. Her most recent books of poetry include What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? and Nearing Ninety. She has three sons, Alexander, Nicholas, and Anthony, and lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, political writer Milton Viorst.