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Wednesday 24 December 2014

Review: Alexander Who's Trying His Best to be the Best Boy Ever

Who’s been eating the jelly doughnuts? A whole box of them! It was Alexander and he soon learns there are consequences for being greedy.

Alexander hates consequences more than he loves doughnuts, so he decides he’s going to be the best boy ever for the rest of his life. Dad suggests starting with a week and seeing how he goes. That means cleaning his room, cleaning his teeth without being asked, doing his homework, and offering to help others. It’s not always easy to be the best boy ever, though. Alexander is tempted - and the week isn’t even over!

With Alexander the focus of the story in Judith Viorst’s Alexander, Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever, the illustrations highlight the main character by being almost all black and white, with the exception being Alexander himself. He stands out in his bright green pyjamas, his jeans and striped shirt, and his soccer uniform.

Alexander sets a good example for children who will be able to see a bit of themselves in him. It’s somehow refreshing to read a story that reflects the simplicity, and complexity, of everyday life. Alexander is a down-to-earth boy who is no angel, but means well. He does normal things and learns from his mistakes.

Enjoyable and easy to read.

This book is a companion to Judith Viorst's bestselling classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (KBR review).

Title: Alexander, Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever
Author: Judith Viorst
Illustrator: Isidre Mones
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2014
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781481423533
For ages: 4-8
Type: Picture book