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Absolutely Positively Alexander: The Complete Stories

By Mary LeCompte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Anyone who's ever had a bad day will love this.

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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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