Judith Viorst

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

For nearly 40 years, readers of all ages have followed the trials and tribulations of Alexander, and it was this now-classic children's book that started it all. Still popular with young readers, as well as parents and teachers, the book has been translated into several languages and transformed into an animated musical television special. In 1998 it was adapted into a musical theatrical production, with music and lyrics by Viorst, that is still performed today. Viorst is a 1952 alumna of Rutgers University- Newark College of Arts and Sciences.

Alexander also was designated both an ALA Notable Children's Book and a Reading Rainbow book, and was recognized with a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit and a Georgia Children's Book Award.

Alexander and his two brothers were modeled after - and named for - Viorst's three sons, and went on to have adventures in two additional stories. But the first adventure is still the sentimental favorite, and even in an America of smartphones and Facebook, Alexander remains "a great antidote to bad days everywhere, sure to put a smile on even the crabbiest of faces," according to Amazon.com.

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New York Times: At Home With Judith Viorst

Interview with Rutgers University-Newark alumna Judith Viorst (Youtube Video)