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Some days are like that..

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Liz Blake | 0 comments
Who doesn’t love a film adaptation of a favorite book? Actually, most of the time, I don’t. Simply because the movies never seem to live up to my expectations & love for the book. But when it comes to children’s books, I think film adaptations are usually quite enjoyable for adults & children alike. Furthermore, it’s the perfect opportunity to read or re-read a book just in time for the movie’s release. Last week I saw a preview for the film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day & thought it’d be the perfect book to discuss this month. 
Throughout the book, the reader follows Alexander through what he believes is the worst day of his life. From the start, it becomes clear that absolutely nothing will go his way! Alexander wakes up in the morning with gum in his hair & immediately trips on a skateboard on his way to the bathroom, where he accidentally soaks his sweater in the sink. Later, he fights car sickness, loses his best friend, sings too loudly at school, gets a cavity, is forced to eat lima beans & to watch kissing on tv. Throughout these trials, Alexander vows that he will move to Australia, where he imagines life must be so much better. Although his day remains terrible, horrible, no good, & very bad throughout, by bed time, a few words from his mom seem to but things into perspective for Alexander: "It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that...even in Australia."
The movie takes this sentiment a step further, & we see that in the trailer when Alexander says: "I think you just gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days even more." I love any positive message, but especially one that teaches kids that bad days are a part of life. Everyone has bad days. It's simple: "Some days are like that." And usually, (I think anyway), we can find some good in every bad day. Even in the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. 
After all, it's just a bad day. Not a bad life. :)
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