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Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever
Contributor(s): Viorst, Judith, Mones, Isidre (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1481423533     ISBN-13: 9781481423533
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: August 2014
Annotation: After eating an entire box of doughnuts leads to consequences Alexander does not like, he decides to be the best boy ever for the rest of his life.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Behavior; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2013047674
Lexile Measure: 1010
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 10.50" W x 0.50" (0.84 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 168780
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q63867
Reading Level: 7.6   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
After Alexander gets sick from too many doughnuts, he vows to become an exemplary child. His attempts produce unbeknownst-to-him humor ("I use my napkin to wipe my mouth, not blow my nose"), but even fans of Alexander (of terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day fame) will find this story somewhat draggy. With his mostly black-and-white illustrations "in the style of Ray Cruz," Monis makes Alexander look like a believably imperfect kid.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 June #5)

After the consequences of eating an entire box of jelly doughnuts hit home, Viorst's iconic redheaded hero makes a big decision: "Starting this very minute," he tells his family, "I am being the best boy ever for the complete and entire rest of my life." In the week that follows, Saint Augustine has nothing on Alexander, who must refrain from bouncing his basketball indoors or dumping spaghetti on his brothers when they taunt him. What's more, he astutely observes, the world isn't exactly brimming with positive reinforcement: "Ms. Klimpt says I'm wearing her out and that she'll give me extra credit if only I would please stop raising my hand." Eventually, Alexander opts for the dark side, because, "the complete and entire rest of my life, I'm all of sudden thinking, is a long time." Working in the style of Ray Cruz, Monés falls a little short of his expressiveness and comic range, and Alexander looks almost prepubescent in many pages. But Viorst's Runyonesque ruminations on the nature of good and evil in a kid's world are as funny as ever. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 August)

K-Gr 2—Another winner about mischievous Alexander, who this time is trying to be the Best Boy Ever after his latest disastrous escapade: eating a whole box of doughnuts. "Consequences" follow—he has to stay in his room all day on Saturday, with no electronics or TV, and he suffers a ferocious stomachache for his greediness. After an exhausting seven days of striving mightily to be the BBE (with varying results), he wakes up on Saturday, doubting that he can continue his angelic behavior forever and succumbs to another box of doughnuts. The illustrations follow original artist Roy Cruz's art perfectly, humorously portraying Alexander's struggles with his worst self. Viorst's text is right on target as usual, hilariously describing the boy's thoughts: "I'm thinking how much I love eating jelly doughnuts. And I'm thinking how much I hate having consequences. And I'm thinking I hate those consequences much, much, much, much more than I love doughnuts." On Sunday he thinks, "Everyone's still asleep, and I'm still walking around on tiptoes. But it's lonesome….And I'm thinking that if I went out the front door and rang the doorbell five, six, seven times, no one would be sleeping anymore." Kids will surely identify with Alexander's trials and tribulations—either in a group situation or at home with a long-suffering parent, who will probably get a kick out of the book, too!—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

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