Bad Day

Bad Day

by Ruby Roth


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Popular children's book author-illustrator Ruby Roth gives us the heartening story of a little boy who's had a very bad day and just needs some quiet space to work out his feelings in his own way, on his own time

What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed? In Bad Day, things are not going well for Hennie. Small things loom large, going from bad to worse as the day-that-never-ends goes on. But with a deep breath and some quiet reflection, Hennie begins to make sense of his feelings and discovers the power of turning inward. Affirming and funny at wonderfully relatable moments, this timely mindfulness resource helps children process their inner lives, guiding them toward self-empowerment and resilience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623173517
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 443,658
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Featured on Today, FOX, CNN, and other major media, Ruby Roth is a Los Angeles-based artist, author-illustrator, activist, and former teacher whose groundbreaking children's books have received international attention and have been translated into multiple languages. She holds degrees in art and American studies and speaks at conferences nationwide. Weaving art together with health, wellness, the environment, and society at large, Roth’s work connects the dots between our personal choices and the public realm, showing how our habits can change our lives—and the world we live in. Bad Day is Roth's fifth picture book and her first on issues of emotions and neuro-diversity. For more info, visit

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Storywraps 23 days ago
Everyone has bad days now and then. Days when emotions are spinning out of control and you feel overwhelmed and imprisoned by them. How can you get a grip on these feelings and turn that frown upside down? Popular children's book author/illustrator Ruby Roth introduces us to Hennie, a little boy who is having a very bad day and needs some coping skills to get through it. "I'm way too crabby, I'll cry! I'm grumpy and frumpy and down-in-the-dumpy. Don't ask me, 'cause I DON'T KNOW WHY!" Hennie's whole day seems cause for him to flip out: he has a bumpy car ride to school, his sock gets all lumpy and is a challenge for him to put on, he loses his favourite spoon at lunchtime and his belly hurts. His teacher is yell-y which makes him really upset. The last straw is when he can't tie his shoe laces properly causing him to take a tumble right in front of his classmates. They all laugh and make fun of him for being such a klutz. How much can one little guy take? When Hennie drags himself home he withdraws to his room and draws a sad face on a brown paper bag. He proceeds to stick his head inside because his reality face is totally out of expressions. Inside that bag he finds peace and reflection time for his feelings. The timeout alone allows him to quiet his inward self and to gain perspective as to why he is overcome with distraught emotions that make him feel deeply sad and defeated. Secluded inside his paper bag hideaway Hennie muses over his tough day and reaches a wonderful, positive conclusion: "Though the day was all wrong, I'm actually STRONG! Li'l me can handle a lot!" The author's message is clear... think positive thoughts and take some time for mindfulness so you can calm down, assess what's happening and after contemplating on your plight emerge a happier more confident person. Everyone, both young and old, can take this message to heart and learn how to seek peace and turn a bad day into a good one. I highly recommend this book.