Author: Judith Viorst
Plot Summary: Alexander is having an awful day. His day begins when he wakes up with gum in his hair, trips on a skateboard, and drops his sweater in the sink, and everything seems to go wrong all day long.
Posted In: Aesthetics, Metaphysics

Discussion Questions
  • What does it mean to be in a bad mood? How do you know you’re in a bad mood?
  • Can the mood you’re in affect what happens to you during the day?
  • What makes a day a bad one?
  • Is any day completely bad or completely good?
  • Alexander says that Mrs. Dickens liked Paul’s picture of the sailboat better than Alexander’s picture of the invisible castle.
  • What makes one drawing better than another?
  • Does a drawing have to be something we can see?
  • What makes someone qualified to be a judge of art?
  • If Alexander thinks it’s art, it it?