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Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move


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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.

Robin Preiss Glasser is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O'Connor; America: A Patriotic Primer, A Is for Abigail, and Our Fifty States by Lynne Cheney; and Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She lives in Southern California with her family. Ray Cruz is the illustrator of the modern classics Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday.


PreS-Gr 3‘Alexander is back. This time he refuses to move 1000 miles away from his best friend, his soccer team, and the cleaners that saves gum wrappers and old teeth if he leaves them in his pockets. He is sure he can stay, perhaps with the family that has six girls and needs a boy, or with the older couple that has a dog. As friends give Alexander going-away presents and his parents suggest that he might be able to call long distance on occasion and maybe even get a dog, he begins to pack. This Alexander shows a different emotion from the angry child in ...the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Very Bad Day (1972), or the sad one ...Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday (1978, both Atheneum). This defiant Alexander is positively not going to move, ``No Way. Uh uh. N.O.'' Pen-and-ink drawings in the style of Ray Cruz's work bond readers to this new Alexander while adding to the story. Youngsters will enjoy the range of feelings here. They will relate to the older brothers' teasing even as they laugh at the humor, will heartily support Alexander's rebellion against his parents, and will also appreciate the adults for letting him come around on his own terms. A terrific read-aloud and a must-buy for every collection.‘Betty Teague, Blythe Elementary School, Greenville SC

Twenty-three years after Alexander's first appearance, in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the hapless character makes a gratifying return... with a new gripe. His family is moving 1000 miles away and he does not want to go: "Never. Not ever. No way. Uh uh. N.O." Roaming the neighborhood, he takes a look at his "special places" and bids good-bye to all his "special people," announcing that "I'm saying good-bye-but it won't be my last." By story's end-after he lets some reassuring promises from his parents sink in-Alexander softens his tone, conceding that he, too, is packing up his things, but for the final time. Because next time his family relocates, "I'm not-DO YOU HEAR ME? I MEAN IT!-going to move." Alexander's voice belongs at once to him alone and to every child. Glasser admirably fulfills her stated mission to illustrate this tale "in the style of" Ray Cruz, the artist for the previous Alexander books. Her black-and-white drawings comically capture real events as well as those that occur only in Alexander's animated imagination. Facial expressions and body language are right on target. Hope Alexander finds a new complaint. Soon. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)

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