A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Alexander tells his ex-best friend, "I hope you sit on a tack." Teasing and name-calling between the brothers.
Violence & Scariness
Alexander gets into a fight with his brother and kicks him.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are a few incidents of mild violence, but certainly nothing graphic: an angry Alexander kicks his brother in a fight and hopes his friend sits on a tack. Still, young children will get more than a few laughs from Alexander's humorous narration. The illustrations are black and white, bold, and descriptive.
Is It Any Good?
Alexander's adventures are as fun to read aloud as they are to listen to. Just about any elementary school-age child, at one time or another, has had at least one horrible day, has misspent money that should have been saved, and was forced to do something against his or her will -- like a move to a new house. And these stories are written from the viewpoint of a young boy who endures it all.
The illustrations, by Ray Cruz and Robin Preiss Glasser, are black-on-white, cross-hatched line drawings with remarkable realism and detail that capture Alexander's emotions and serve the stories' humorous themes well. When they were read to a group of 6- to 8-year-olds, it was hard to tell who was having more fun, the adult reader or the audience of giggling kids.
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