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

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

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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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.

That somebody is Alexander, and Alexander really hates consequences.

So from now on, he is going to try his best to be the Best Boy Ever. For the complete and entire rest of his life. Starting right this very minute.

But there are all sorts of things that you can't do when you're being the Best Boy Ever. Fun things. Very important things. Things that Alexander might-- just might--like a little bit more than he hates consequences.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481423533
Branch Call Number: JP Viors
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Mones, Isidre - Illustrator
Cruz, Ray


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Apr 17, 2016

The story message is incomplete, so it is leading up to sending out a wrong message.
Children should be encouraged to try their best to make the right choice at any time, and not to give up. They should be taught not to give up doing good and not to make the choice to go back to the wrong way.

Apr 06, 2015

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 good for the rest of his life has given him a stomach ache. He opts for a repeat of a box of donuts and the consequences.

The illustrations are done in black and white except for Alexander himself. They are very well done and enjoyable to look at.

I really liked the story at the start. I liked how Alexander decided to try avoiding consequences by making better choices. But the one thing I did not like is Alexander was not encouraged in his journey to make better choices. His family and his teacher discouraged his attempt and decided he was doomed to fail. They never told him that little boys were not expected to be perfect and they were expected to make mistakes. Instead it was an all or nothing scenario and by the end Alexander decides he failed at and would never attempt again. Never is Alexander praised for the good things he has done and the good choices he makes. I get that this is from the kid's perspective, but it is missing a few elements that could have made it a good message.

Dec 11, 2014

Quite wordy, I would recommend it for older children.

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Dec 11, 2014

libraryeri thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 7


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