One of my favorite books to read to the kids is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The reason I love it so much is that it shows we all have craptastic days. I mean come on who has had a perfect life?
Who has on the other hand had a day when they just wanted to crawl back into bed and wish it would all end? *Raises hand and waves wildly* Yep me. I had one of those a few days ago. Got up, felt horrible, had had almost no sleep the night before, the hubs called in a mood from a rough day at work, got the kiddo to school and started to make breakfast for Mr. Q only to have all the shelves in the fridge collapse on me the minute I opened the door. But hey it happens right? So Alexander has a pretty rough day in the book. The movie? Not so much a bad day for Alexander. The movie is about what happens the day after Alexander’s horrible day and what happens to the family. Check out this clip:
Now I went into seeing the movie a bit skeptical. I mean this is a timeless classic that Disney was taking on. I’m not overtly fond of some of the cast and was worried I would be ready to leave because of it. HOWEVER, I loved the movie. I laughed hysterically at some points, was ready to cry at others. But most importantly its a movie that the whole family can enjoy and will. My daughter grabbed my hand as we left the movie and exclaimed, “That was the BEST MOVIE EVER”…she even went as far as to say it was better than Frozen, but later recanted saying the green faced baby was a close second. There is some adult humor that the parents will get but it will go over the kids heads. There’s no dirty language, sex scenes or drugs. All of which I’ve found recently in “children” movies and its discouraging.
Alexander is more about loving life, working as a family and being the best we can be even on the bad days. I absolutely love this theme and think it is an amazing lesson to work with children on. There are so many ways that family discussion can happen after this movie! Need some ideas? Check out this great Family Study Guide!
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