Friday, October 4, 2019

Freeform Friday Book Spotlight & Review: Bad Day - Ruby Roth

First things first, I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Hey all!  We are already fully scheduled out to January, but I wanted squeeze in this spotlight and my thoughts on Bad Day by Ruby Roth.

What do you do when you feel 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.  

My thoughts:  Bad Day tells the story of a young child named Hennie who is having a rough day.  He's grumpy and upset and doesn't understand why he feels this way so he just wants to be left alone and does not want to talk about it.  Given time to settle and think, Hennie is able to process his day, mindfully get to the root of his feelings, and eventually realize his own strength.  I love how the illustrations were kind of 'scratchy' in the background when Hennie was struggling and gradually less so as he calmed.  It's a subtle thing, but it added to the story, soothing the reader as Hennie himself felt soothed.  I absolutely adore books that help children cope with their emotions as well as those that give parents new ways to approach a tough situation, and this book does both.  Bad Day is definitely a keeper.  It is recommend for children age 3-7 years (preschool through 2nd grade) and is available anywhere books are sold.

Now, I fully admit that being a mom doesn't necessarily make me an expert on raising them.  I wish it did, but I still haven't received my certificate.  I imagine it'll come around the same time as my Hogwart's acceptance letter.  If my (admittedly inexpert) review isn't enough, here are some slightly more educated thoughts on the book.
"Bad Day will become your household's go-to book in rough moments, teaching children to reflect, monitor, and manage their feelings." - Dr. Jenn Mann, MFT, PsyD, author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids
"A beautiful book that tackles a subject not only necessary, but rarely address.  Parents are frequently frustrated by what they interpret as stubbornness when their children 'clam up.'  Ruby's book speaks for kids, so parents can better understand and deal appropriately with their child's distress."  - Lynne Bernfield, MA, MFTC, author of When You can You Will
"A powerful message about the capacity we all have to bring awareness to invebitably tough moments and transform our story to inspire possibility and resilience."  - Elisha Goldstein, PhD, creator of A Course for Mindful Living
"From my introvert child to my extrovert, it's been hard to find the perfect conversation-starter about expressing feelings until Bad Day.  Ruby manages to get right what so many parents miss -- the option of teaching our children to sit in a tough moment and release it on their own." - Chloe Jo Davis, conscious-parenting spokesmama and founder of
 The author, Ruby Roth, has received international attention for her sensitive, yet frank, books for children.  Follow her @ruby_roth and learn more about her at

Have a fantastic Friday!

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