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Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days: An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest Son, His Wife, and Their Baby, Their Toddler, and Their Five-Year-Old Came to Live with Us for...

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Judith Viorst's most adored book is undoubtedly the children's classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In this new book, fans will recognize and be drawn to the Alexander they know and love—only now he's all grown up, with three kids of his own.

When Judith's son Alexander announces that he, his wife, Marla, their daughter, Olivia (age five), a
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Published November 6th 2007 by Tantor Media (first published 2007)
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Theresa
This was a short fun book. If you remember the children's books about Alexander (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and others), well this is Alexander all grown up and forced to move back to his childhood home with his wife and three young children while their home is being remodeled. His mother used his childhood as the model for many of her fictional books. She now relates the real life story of replacing quiet dinners using her flowered china plates and Mozart playin ...more
Sarah
There are no new revelations here, no observations that have not been made by previous witty biographers. There are no disappointments either. This book was exactly what I expected it to be. As touted by its description and reviews, Alexander is a rather tongue-in-cheek light-hearted romp in which Viorst chronicles her 90 day "adventure" housing her grown son and his family. Because Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is one of my all-time favorite children's books it tic ...more
Linda
This was a sweet, light read. It was fun to catch up on the grown up Alexander, who has to be one of my favorite characters ever (immortalized by his mother in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day as well as one or two other books for kids). This is emphatically NOT for kids (a fair amount of swearing and adult musings on relationships that would bore kids to tears), but it is an interesting look at the ties that bind.
Tom
This is the author's account of what happened when her son, daughter-in-law and three grand children move in with her and husband for three months. I experienced the author's account of her family as disappointing to say the least. The author/grandmother seemed arrogant, snobbish, neurotic, controlling and self-centered. A neat freak who allows order and possessions to trump feelings for husband,children and grand-children. There is little to nothing said about her husband's involvement in paren ...more
Laura
I enjoyed this book a lot - there were some real laugh-out-loud moments, and lots of things that most people can relate to. The one quibble I had was not with the story or the writing, but with the perspective of the author (and perhaps her family as well), namely that there is less (a lot less) value placed on a mom who does not also have a career. She seemed to suggest without actually saying it directly that the highest level of respect for mothers should (and does) go to those who "successfu ...more
Robin
Just a fun, light-hearted look at what it's like for parents when their adult children move back in and bring a family with them. The author admits that she is controlling, but trying to do better. It shines some light on the difference in child rearing between the two generations. She also discusses how others she talked to dealt with it.

An overall enjoyable experience, but I can't say I really learned a whole lot. Just popcorn for the brain. But after what I've been reading lately, I needed so
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Tracy
I give this short (115 pages) memoir 4 stars primarily b/c it was enjoyable without trying to be more than it was. Fast read about the period of time when Judith Viorst's adult son moves back home for 90 days with a wife and three young kids (5, around 2 and one under 1). She talks of the challenges that she had to face (that parenting is different, her house was essentially trashed, but she didn't say that exactly and the lack of privacy). I'm interested in the fact that despite the fact that s ...more
Melissa Frentsos
I did find this book amusing but didn't like the rough language used sometimes. Also, it seemed obviously exaggerated for the purpose of omitting things that you wouldn't exactly want to say against immediate family (or yourself, although I do think she was trying to be fair about her own negative feelings.) But I think it's a fairly accurate account of what might happen when children move back in with their parents and end up staying longer than expected. Neither party is necessarily going to b ...more
Sue
I listened to this book as it was read by Laural Merlington. Despite (maybe because of) the fact that I don't have children, I could identify with Viorst's life changes as her adult child and his family come to live in her house for 90 days. This book is touched with light humor, but is primarily a reflection of multi-generation household living and family relationships.
Kim
In 1972, Judith Viorst wrote Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day which she followed up with 35 years later with this lighthearted book about the now grown up Alexander returning home for 3 months with his family of 5 while their house was being renovated. What happens when two at home writers suddenly have their daily routine of quiet perfection, calm and order replaced by diapers, disorder and daily chaos? Like a wise woman, Judith develops a mantra of "Don't judge, advi ...more
Chana
I liked this book about the ninety days that Judith Viorst's son Alexander, his wife and 3 young children move into the parental home while their own home is being remodeled. This Alexander is the famous Alexander from the book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" but he has grown into quite a nice man since his no good day. His wife and kids are nice too. Judith (JuJu) and her husband Milton are really good grandparents in my opinion. As a grandmother of 3 I found mysel ...more
Shellie
I had no idea this was not a children's book and non-fiction until I had it in my hand at the library. The beginning was weak and I almost put it right away, but something kept me going and I'm glad because I ended up really liking it. Thurs out Judith Viorst has a really cute sense of of humor and the way she handles the invasion of the (as she puts it) The Alexander 5 is really fun. The Alexander 5 is Alexander his wife and three children who live there for 3 months while the home they're buil ...more
Sarah
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has always been one of my favorites books of all time, so I admit that I picked this book up for the title alone. Luckily, I wasn't disappointed. Viorst's wry humor works just as well in her writing for adults, including in this short little (128 tiny pages) tale about the summer when her Alexander, all grown-up, married, and with three children of his own, moves back in with his parents, while his house is being remodeled.

Viorst doesn
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Marian
I expected hilarity, while not that funny, it was an amusing book. I think the true things that happen in families (at least ours)are funnier than most humorous fiction. Consequently, I had hoped for more from this little book of intergenerational experiences. Perhaps the author felt constrained to end everything with a positive note because it was about her family and her children's "perfect parenting skills" and the overall darlingness of her grandchildren while saving the self deprecating ton ...more
Ingrid
I have to admit I'm on the fence about this book. The first few chapters of this short book come across as a long rant about why having her son and his family stay with her for 3 months proved to be an inconvenience, absolutely ruined her sense of order, and temporarily cured her OCD. I was beginning to wonder why I'd picked up the book in the first place. I don't want to hear about someone complaining about having family over, but she wrapped it up pleasantly enough with decent introspection an ...more
Lisa Salinas
I found the story quite enjoyable and think that Laural Merlington was a perfect choice for narrator. She captured the feelings accurately and made me feel them right along with the author.
Janet Lynch
Quick read but not much to it. Grown-up Alexander from the children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander, along with his wife and three young children move in with his parents for three months. Sometimes funny but by mid-book it was just the same stuff over and over.
Aimee G
I loved her insight into herself when hosting one of her sons and his family for 90 days. There were many amusing incidents and it was fun to occasionally hear both sides of the story.
Beth
Aug 29, 2008 Beth rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grandparents
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No-Good Very Bad Day" is one of my favorite childhood books of all time. I was extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity to catch up with Alexander in mid-life.

The book offered more of an opportunity to hear Viorst whine about how intolerable life was with three small children. Not to undersell the experience-no one doubts it was difficult. Children, even well behaved ones, are bound to be disruptive to a home of two senior citizens. Olivia, the single gr
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Janet
Enjoyable audiobook to listen to while exercising. Humorous and light reflections on grandparenting.
Gretchen
She is hilarious. A must-read for parents 50 years old and older.
Ms. LaPorte
Hysterical. This would be a great gift for moms and grandmothers.
Kristen
Feb 05, 2008 Kristen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: moms and grandmas
Recommended to Kristen by: saw it in the book store, checked it out at the library
Any teachers/moms will know about "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst. All of her Alexander books were based on her own three sons. Now she's written a true account of the recent time when her grown son, his wife, and their three kids moved in for three months. This is a fun, quick read. It speaks a lot to generational differences (and similarities), about how to be flexible and get along, and about the things that are really important. I laughed a lot, a ...more
Nikki Shreve
Sweet, light-hearted read
Joanne
By the author of one of my favorite children's books (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day). A grown-up Alexander and his family come to live with Ms Viorst. It's a little funny and a little charming, but doesn't get very specific about the experience, just an overview of some of the bumps and joys. Might have been more engaging if written in diary format.

Viorst says Alexander and his wife had veto privileges on the book, so perhaps that made it a little more generic than
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Cindy
Light reading about Alexander (of the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-good, Very Bad Day fame) and his lovely family. Due to some renovations in their current house, they move in with his parents. This is a look at the problems and challenges of combining two families for an extended time. There are negotiations and accommodations to be made. The author comes off as a bit whiny and controlling at first, but there are many wonderful trade-offs to living so closely.
Ashley
Viorst, the author of Alexander's Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day recounts what happens when Alexander his family move in for 3 months while their house is remodeled.

While I'm sure her emotions were accurately portrayed, she complained an awful lot. I can't use my flowered dinner plates. I had to remove all my knick-knacks. No more fresh flowers. There were happy moments, too, but overall I wasn't a huge fan of this one despite my love for the original Alexander book.
Gphatty
A very short tale of a mom, her husband, and how they dealt with their son moving back into their house with his family of five. There are some good observations of generational differences, as well as some witty "kids say/do the darnest things" stories. I'd like to think that most grandmas/mothers-in-laws would be as smart as Viorst, but I know that's probably too much to hope for. The difficult ones could always read this book -- they could learn something.
Kristen
Judith Viorst, the author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible..., wrote this book about the summer Alexander and his family of five came back home to live for a summer. Parts of this are quite funny. One should be able to read this in an hour and a half. I was too busy. Perhaps that is reflected in the score. Then again, the last chapters were written as the grandparent and I got bored. So loved the beginning 2/3, bored by the end.
Janille
If Judith Viorst's Alexander books tickle your funny bone (or remind you of anyone in your family) you will also enjoy this one. This is about the "real" Alexander, her son (all grown up), and his family. With children who apparently take after their father. But it was also surprisingly introspective, as a mother of adult children learns to live with her adult children and grandchildren. Some interesting parts in it.
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