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

Book review by
Susan Fitzgerald, Common Sense Media
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Parents and kids appreciate spunky Alexander.

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age 2+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Alexander and his brothers aren't always kind to one another, but they do support each other when it counts.

Violence & Scariness

The title character faces a move.


A mild insult is about as cheeky as it gets, as an older brother teases his younger brother.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids are drawn into the story because Alexander feels, acts out, and comes around on his own terms. The illustrations capture Alexander's emotions.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byDrCool June 6, 2012

The weakest of the book series,but still enjoyable.

This book had some boring parts in it,but I still really liked it.There were A LOT of funny moments! But hey,every book in the Alexander series is HILARIOUS!!!

What's the story?

Never. Not ever. No way. Uh uh. N.O. Could it be any clearer than that? Parents and children have to appreciate the spunky Alexander, who refuses to move 1,000 miles away from everything! Author Judith Viorst doesn't sugarcoat this unlikely hero or his brother one bit; their energetic relationship may be very familiar and funny to children with older siblings.


Is it any good?

Kids love this book and adults will too, despite one 5-year-old reader's newfound love of the word puke, courtesy of Alexander's brother Nick. Brothers don't always get along -- but they do come through in the end -- as Nick does when he tells Alexander he can sleep in his room if he's scared at the new house. Judith Viorst cleverly shows how Alexander comes around to reality. Still, it's important that he does so on his own terms and not before considering the alternatives.

Sadness, anger, and denial come before acceptance. And it's good for readers to know that these feelings are normal and okay. It's even better that they're expressed with understanding and humor. Robin Glasser's black-and-white illustrations capture Alexander's emotions.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Alexander copes with his upcoming move. Have you ever felt like he does? How did your feelings change?

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