October 19 – Evaluate Your Life Day

Happy Evaluate Your Life Day!

How’s your day? How’s your life? How are you?

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Could Be Worse! written and illustrated by James Stevenson (1987)

No matter what happens, a splinter, kite in a tree, dog ate the couch cushion, Grandpa always says the same thing, “Could be worse!”  But one day, Grandpa tells the kids a whopper of a tale. A large bird picked him up and dropped him on a mountain. Then the abominable snowman threw a huge snowball at him. Then he rolled down the mountain on the snowball all the way to the desert where he was squished by a large animal. He almost got hit by lightening, sank to the bottom of the ocean, got bit by a lobster and squirted by a squid. And finally returned home on a giant paper airplane. What do you think they said? “Could be worse!”

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That’s Good! That’s Bad! In Washington D.C. written by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Michael Garland (2007)

Following the pattern of other That’s Good! That’s Bad stories, things happen that seem to be good on the surface but turn out to be bad, and vice-versa. In this story the little boy goes on a class trip to Washington D.C. where he falls off the tour bus, lands on a motorcycle, goes to the zoo, gets grabbed by the orangutans, dropped into the back of a dump truck, bounced out at the Lincoln Memorial, falls down the steps of the Washington Monument, gets an ice-cream cone which melts all over him, gets cleaned up and put back on the bus, cries at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, smells the cherry blossoms, falls into the reflecting pool, gets rescued by a paddle boat, and falls asleep on the bus ride home.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz (2014 Special Movie Edition)

More than 40 years after the release of the first edition of Alexander’s day, Simon and Shuster released a new edition for a new generation just in time for the movie by the same name. Alexander knew it was going to be a bad day when he woke up with gum in his hair. His brothers both got prizes in their cereal boxes and all Alexander got was cereal. He started thinking about moving to Australia. In the car pool, Alexander had to sit in the middle and at school his teacher didn’t appreciate his picture of an invisible castle. Yep, it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Paul said Alexander wasn’t his best friend any more, or even his second best friend, and his mom forgot to pack a dessert in his lunchbox. After school, the dentist found a cavity in his tooth, the elevator door shut on his foot, and  they didn’t have the sneakers he wanted at the shoe store. This was certainly a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He made a mess in his dad’s office, they had lima beans for dinner, and he had to wear his railroad train pajamas to bed. This was the worst day he ever had, and to top it off his mom said some days are like that… even in Australia.

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