It's Monday--Picture Books Past. Judith Viost's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has been around a long time now--it was first published in 1972. So, it's a picture book from the past, but one that is still popular and found on many recommended reading lists as a "modern classic." It's been adapted and made into a play. (Look here to see the script--interesting in itself.) It's an "issue" book in the sense that it deals with a real problem children face and it can be the starting place for conversations. (See how a teacher might use it here.) And the book has a winning combination of language, humor, and characterization. Why do you think it has been so popular and what can we learn from it?