The young Alexander, however, was not all smiles when he first learned
of his eponymous book those many years ago. Viorst read it to him in
manuscript form when he was four, and he was furious. "Why you giving
me that bad day?" he exclaimed to his mother. "How come Nick doesn't
have a bad day? How come Anthony doesn't have a bad day? Why you
giving me this bad day?" Viorst recalls telling him, "Honey, it isn't
published yet, and we can change the name to Stanley or Walter, but
then your name wouldn't be in great big letters on the front of the
book." After a long silence, he responded, "Keep it Alexander."
Her name shows up three times in the "Ann Landers Encyclopedia" -
twice because of her poems on adultery. "The Other Woman / Never
smells of Ajax or Spaghetti-O...."
There are three other books on Alexander. From one: "They brought a dollar for Nick & a dollar for Anthony & a dollar for me because - Mom says it isn't nice to say this - we like money. A lot. Especially me.")
I wonder how kids react to "Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No
Good, Very Bad Day" in Australia.