Illustrated by Hyewon Yum
April 18th, 2023
Published: Chronicle Books
Told in a series of dramatic odes to her day’s annoyances, Alexander (of the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) has got NOTHING on this girl whose day just gets worse and worse!
Oh Too Much Milk in My Cereal!
Soggy, squishy! Boggy, mushy!
You turned my crispy into gushy!
Sometimes the little bumps in our days can feel much bigger than they are. And when they start multiplying . . . oh, what a bad day it can become! Told in a series of dramatic odes to a day’s annoyances, Ode to a Bad Day lets children and caregivers alike find the humor and compassion in the days that could have gone better—and encourages readers to look forward to a better day . . . tomorrow.
TIMELESS TOPIC: Classic in sensibility but with fresh, sharp wit, this book touches on a truly universal topic with an authentic voice young readers will recognize and identify with. The struggles of the main character immediately capture the drama of childhood without making the world seem totally hopeless and antagonistic.
READ ALOUD: This picture book is riddled with rhyme and chock-full of humor in every stanza—perfect for read-aloud occasions, bedtime, or any moment a kid needs cheering up on a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
SELF-RELIANCE: In celebrating frustration, tedium, and boredom, this book also emphasizes the value of remaining positive facing life’s various difficulties. You can be upset and still be a regular person; you can have a bad day and still rhyme about it.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL REASSURANCE: Perfect for kids who are nervous about starting school or struggling with any less-than-ideal moments in life.
EDUCATIONAL INFO INCLUDED: After reading through the fun, rhyming narrative, kids can read on to learn more about what an ode is, how to make one, and even have the opportunity to create their own.
- Great read-aloud option for parents, teachers, and librarians looking for funny kids’ books
- Starting-school or back-to-school book for young readers
- Reassuring book for kids who experience anxiety or struggle to get through bad days
- Fans of humor, children’s poetry, and books that celebrate big feelings
- Readers of popular children’s books like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Cranky Bear, and The Seven Silly Eaters
Original ODE song: