Books by Judith Viorst

LULU'S MYSTERIOUS MISSION by Judith Viorst
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Great fun for Lulu fans old and new. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Another wild adventure featuring the exasperating and inexplicably lovable Lulu (Lulu and the Brontosaurus, 2010; Lulu Walks the Dogs, 2012). Read full book review >
LULU WALKS THE DOGS by Judith Viorst
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Nonetheless, the short, funny chapters, over-the-top characters and engaging artwork will give this one plenty of appeal, especially to kids just venturing into chapter-book territory. (Fiction. 6-10)"
The second hilarious episode to feature feisty Lulu (Lulu and the Brontosaurus, 2010), who almost always gets what she wants. Read full book review >
LULU AND THE BRONTOSAURUS by Judith Viorst
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Pitch perfect for the beginning chapter-book crowd. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Viorst, better known within the children's-book world for picture books than novels, flexes her muscles and introduces readers to delightfully obnoxious, fit-throwing Lulu, a spoiled only child prone to indulging in over-the-top temper tantrums to get what she wants. Read full book review >
NOBODY HERE BUT ME by Judith Viorst
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 3, 2008

"Viorst's text is emotionally on-target; Davenier's loose watercolor illustrations appropriately isolate the boy in small vignettes or within otherwise unoccupied interiors to add an extra touch of feeling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Viorst, the always-spot-on voice for disgruntled kids, captures another universal childhood feeling. Read full book review >
JUST IN CASE by Judith Viorst
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A worthy addition to Viorst's Alexander stories. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Charlie likes to be ready for any eventuality. Read full book review >
SUPER-COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY THE MESSIEST by Judith Viorst
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"While cleaning fanatics will empathize with Olivia, the rest of the population will be longing to make the lively, free-spirited Sophie their new best friend. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Viorst's tale of two sisters comically captures the vast diversity in personality that can exist between siblings. Read full book review >
IMPERFECT CONTROL by Judith Viorst
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"By these standards, Viorst is an exceptionally fine popularizer, indeed."
 Oh, what a lovely book—popular psychology at its best: a multifaceted study of an important, lifelong personal and interpersonal issue, written crisply, enjoyably, and informatively. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER, WHO IS NOT (DO YOU HEAR ME? I MEAN IT!) GOING TO MOVE by Judith Viorst
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"For Viorst, that's just treading water. (Picture book. 5-7)"
 Having neither aged nor mellowed since his Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (1972), Alexander digs in his heels as the rest of the family packs up to move. Read full book review >
SAD UNDERWEAR AND OTHER COMPLICATIONS by Judith Viorst
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1995

"With b&w page decorations. (index) (Poetry. 7+)"
 Viorst has long been known for the kind of verse that reaches even those who never read poetry. Read full book review >
THE ALPHABET FROM Z TO A by Judith Viorst
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1994

"A handsome puzzle book that also enhances appreciation for our quirky mother tongue. (Picture book. 9-12)"
 The well-known humorist uses a reverse alphabet to explore, and rail about, the idiosyncracies of English (``Y is for YEW and for YOU,/But it isn't for USING''), touching on the vagaries of homonyms and spelling, slipping in rhymes after teasing the ear by seeming to withhold them, and engaging in other wordplay (``J is for JEWEL but not GEM./It cannot be for GENIUS,/But can be for JERK''). Read full book review >
MURDERING MR. MONTI by Judith Viorst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Facile, funny—Viorst at her best."
 Columnist and children's book author Viorst infuses her premiere adult novel with the quicksilver pace, naughty optimism, and heartwarming humor of her bestselling nonfiction (Necessary Losses, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY by Ray Cruz
Released: June 1, 1972

"If Alexander's mother is smart to offer casual sympathy without phoney consolation, Cruz and Viorst accord readers the same respect."
In the spiky spirit of Sunday Morning (1969) but more truly attuned to a child's point of view, Viorst reviews a really aggravating (if not terrible, horrible, and very bad) day in the life of a properly disgruntled kid who wakes up with gum in his hair and goes to bed after enduring lima beans for dinner and kissing on T.V. Read full book review >