Cheer up, Alexander!
One day, to cheer up her little one, Ms. Viorst went into her office and wrote a story of a delightful child having such a bad day he was ready to move to Australia. She named her title character Alexander, in her son’s honor.
And soon discovered that was a bad idea.
“Initially he was outraged,” Viorst admits today. “Why was I picking on him? Why was I giving HIM this awful day? Why not give it to [oldest brother] Nick? Or give it to [middle brother] Anthony!” Eventually young Alexander was wooed by the idea of seeing his name in giant letters on the cover of a book. And that’s how, in 1972, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day showed up in bookstores everywhere.