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Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever (Alexander)

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  164 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Alexander tries his hand at behaving in this hilarious companion to the bestselling classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Last night somebody ate a whole box of jelly donuts. That somebody woke up with a terrible bellyache, and that somebody’s mom found the empty box and told that somebody that there are going to be consequences.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Nov 10, 2014 Joan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alexander fans, humorous requests
Alexander is back! And while this isn't as good as the first Alexander book, it is still a very good book! Alexander basically lost a Saturday of fun and play to staying in his room thinking about his latest crime and discovering consequences. He thinks that the consequence should be the tummy ache he has from eating an entire box of doughnuts with some sympathy from Mom. Mom has other ideas, such as spending the day thinking about what he did wrong with no sympathy from her. Alexander, shocking ...more
Michelle McBeth
Alexander has eaten an entire box of donuts, hidden the evidence, and is now facing the consequences in the form of a stomach ache and being grounded for the day. While grounded, he realizes that he doesn't like the consequences and perhaps it would be better to be good all of the time so he doesn't have to face consequences. His parents encourage him to be the best boy ever for a week to start. He does very well although it is very hard for him. But by the end of the week, thinking about being ...more
Someone ate entire box of jelly doughnuts. And although Alexander isn’t telling who, he did wake up with a terrible bellyache this morning. Since mom found that empty box under Alexander’s bed, she’s assuming he ate them, and now he’s in trouble. He must spend his entire Saturday alone in his room with no video games and no TV. That’s a lot of time for a boy to think.

Alexander decides that from now on—until the end of time--he’s going to try to be the best boy ever. That’s a really, really long
Denis Vukosav
‘Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever’ written by Judith Viorst and nicely illustrated by Isidre Mones is an interesting though a bit provocative story how difficult for kids is to stay good in spite of their efforts, because the expectations - of adults and or own – are sometimes so difficult to meet.

The main character, boy named Alexander will be in trouble because of consequences he experienced due to eating a whole box of donuts. Therefore boy will try to prove to himself
Panda Incognito
The stream-of-consciousness prose is as fun as ever, and the drawings are charming, but since the ultimate point of the story is that it's useless to try to be good, I would not recommend this to children unless their parents wanted to use it as a discussion point about how to balance goodness with an understanding of human failure. For someone who is reminiscing about their own childhood, this book is delightful, but if you're still a kid, this reads as justification for being as naughty as you ...more
Can Alexander be "the best boy ever" for one whole week?! After suffering the consequences of eating a whole box of donuts, Alexander sets out to prove that he CAN and WILL be good, better than good, the BEST. His parents and his brothers may have their doubts, big doubts, that Alexander can stay away from trouble for even just a day or two. But Alexander has something to prove to himself. His goal is ambitious, his temptations are many. At home and at school, everywhere he goes Alexander is tem ...more
Becky B
Alexander has a bellyache, which may or may not be directly related to the empty donut box hidden under the couch that Mom found. As Alexander spends a miserable Saturday grounded and thinking about where he should have hidden the box, he realizes he needs to turn over a new leaf and try his best to be the best boy ever for life. His parents are a little skeptical he'll last for life, but his Dad challenges him to try at least for the rest of the week. And thus ensues a week fraught with opportu ...more
Jacob Burton
I may be biased because of how much I like the classic 'No Good Very Bad Day' but I thought that this book wasn't quite as good as that one. It was written in 2014, and it's a good book that explains just because we want to be good doesn't mean our actions will always create a good result. Alexander tries to be the perfect boy, but of course, he falls short, and realizes that it is more fun to get into trouble every now and then.
Liz Todd
How can I say anything less than awesome about Judith Viorst? She is an author that I have loved since I was a child. I've always wanted to meet her!

How did she pick up her same Alexander voice all of these years later with this newest book?

We had a rough read of this book. It was just a bit too long and wordy this time. I need a quiet read to enjoy it myself!
Somewhat funny due to the kid think stream of consciousness, but was very repetitive and so dragged in some parts. Although it was nice to visit with Alexander again, this one does not come close to the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
This is in the vein of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - it is best for longer attention spans because it is longer, and it teaches a good lesson about trying to be the best boy (or girl) you can be. Feelings are hard when you're a kid, and this book hits that nail on the head.
In this newest book in Viorst's Alexander series, he makes a mistake by eating an entire box of doughnuts! Being sick and suffering the consequences convinces him to start being the very best boy ever! This proves very, very difficult for an energetic and accident prone boy. There are so many opportunities in a day to make mistakes, bad choices and impulsive responses!

Alexander gets into trouble for eating an entire box of doughnuts and hiding the evidence so he attempts to be the best boy for a week and finds it to be a very hard mission.

I liked the realistic kid-thinking Alexander shows readers as he struggles with avoiding a week's worth of temptations. This kid-logic is the strength of the book. That being said, this book was very long and I lost interest halfway through the week, not really caring if Alexander completed his goal or not.

Illustrations were
I grew up with Alexander and the Terrible No Good Day. I remember reading it over and over. I was excited to see this new Alexander book. I was a little disappointed in the new book. It was a little to long and wordy.
Mrs. Knott
Cute, but nothing beats the original. I like the idea of talking about consequences and showing how hard it is to always do the right thing. But there were a few parts in the book I could have done without.
Not nearly as funny as the first in the series, and it features color selective illustrations, where the primary character is colored in and the rest of the illustration is b&w.
Edward Sullivan
Alexander eats a whole box of jelly doughnuts and hates the consequences. Realistic in capturing how kids think but lacks the charm and warmth of the original Alexander story.
A mostly entertaining read - but this is the same Alexander (and same Alexander family) in name only, which bums me out. I'm going to pretend this is a different one.
B-O-R-I-N-G!!Given the author and the series, I expected more from this book than what was delivered. This book didn't excite me at all-storyline or illustrations.
Wendy Kuzma

This is longer the original Alexander book, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." I liked it but not as much as the first one.
Donuts were the main attraction with the youngest children. My six year old was tickled by the impossibility of being always good.
He's back! This Alexander book is just as good or better than others, but it is longer. Good for school-aged kiddos.
Philip Carlson
fine story. some should really love it. I've not read any of the other Alexander books. some really funny text.
This book was too long to keep the attention of my 7-year-old even though the story line is funny.
Reminded me of the book, "How to be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days."
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
A fun story but not as good as the original Alexander book in my opinion.
I think this book will appeal more to adults than children.
Ruth Ann
This is ok.

Might be ok for a behavior book.
Karen Arendt
Even boys who try to be good can slip...
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Judith Viorst is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction for children as well as adults. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, her most famous children's book, was first published in 1972 and has since sold over two million copies. Ms. Viorst received a B.A. in History from Rutgers University, and she is also a graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institu ...more
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