February 25, 2009

Author SPLOTlight: Judith Viorst

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If any author knows a thing or two about having a terrible day, it's Judith Viorst — which is why she deserves this Author SPLOTlight.

I'm sure you've all had one of those days where nothing goes right; from the minute you get out of bed to the minute you go back to sleep, you're just itching for the day to end. I know I certainly have. It's one of those days where you find yourself saying, “This is the worst day of my life!” If this is the case, you should check out Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This is Viorst’s most popular children's book, and it has sold more than two million copies.

So, you're probably asking: what makes Viorst such an expert on bad days? Well, after graduating from Rutgers University, she went on to graduate school at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

It was after studying and working in psychiatric settings that Viorst went on to write her most famous children's book (the aforementioned Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day). Eventually, that one book turned into a series known as the “Alexander” 
stories. She has also written numerous books for adults about dealing with loss and control, as well as articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Redbook magazine.

Interestingly enough, the “Alexander” series all started with Viorst's son's bad day. And to think, if my mom had written books based on all of my so-called “bad days,” the final output would probably rival the total number of books in the Baby-sitter's Club series!

I'm sure you've all had some bad days and can relate with Judith Viorst and her son, Alexander, so start the venting process! Who knows, maybe someday you'll even write a book about it.

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

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