The Good-bye Book (Hardcover)

By Judith Viorst, Kay Chorao (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9780689313080, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 30, 1988

List Price: 17.99*
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His mother and father are getting dressed to go out to dinner together. He doesn't want them to go! They're going out and leaving him with a sitter. He hates that a lot! He pleads with them. He bargains with them. He threatens to run away to a family that doesn't ever go out for the evening. He tells them he's sick, with a temperature of maybe a hundred and ten. And he tells them he won't -- he'll never -- say good-bye.
Every child, and every child's parent, will recognize this oh-so-familiar struggle between grown-ups trying to go out for an evening and a child who is fiercely determined to make them stay. It's hard to say good-bye -- but maybe a book that helps you to laugh can make saying good-bye a little easier.

About the Author

Judith Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s chapter and picture books—including the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies; adult fiction and nonfiction including the New York Times bestseller, Necessary Losses; poetry for children and adults; and four musicals. Her most recent books of poetry include What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? and Nearing Ninety.