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Bad Day Hardcover – Illustrated, Sept. 10 2019

4.5 out of 5 stars 56 ratings

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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 addressed. 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 inevitably tough moments and transform our story to inspire possibility and resilience.”
—Elisha Goldstein, PhD, creator of A Course in 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.”
—Chloé Jo Davis, conscious-parenting spokesmama and founder of

“For children, bad days can be confusing. This lovely, thoughtful book encourages kids to acknowledge their feelings and notice how even bad days can bring about positive outcomes.” 
—Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of 
Mindful Games and The Mindful Child
“Loved this book! It makes it okay for a kid to have a bad day and offers a template for thinking through it. Good for adults, too!”
—Ross W. Greene, PhD, author of 
The Explosive Child
“I wish I’d had 
Bad Day when I was growing up, although it’s helpful (and adorable) even now that I’m old.” 

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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ North Atlantic Books; Illustrated edition (Sept. 10 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1623173515
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1623173517
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 227 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.85 x 0.81 x 21.01 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56 ratings

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Featured on Today, FOX, CNN, and other major media, Ruby Roth is an artist, award-winning author-illustrator, and change-maker, whose groundbreaking children's books have received international attention.

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, examining how our habits can change our lives—and the world we live in.

Ruby Roth has been ahead of trending topics since 2009, creating first-of-a-kind resources for growing demographics and garnering praise from leading activists and environmentalists, celebrities, health and wellness influencers, nutritionists, parents, mommy-bloggers, teachers, and organizations that champion her work.

Her leading children's books have been translated into 10+ languages and are distributed worldwide. Her fifth title, Bad Day, is the winner of a 2019 Nautilus Book Award.

Vegan since 2003, Roth was teaching art at an elementary school when her students' fascination with veganism inspired her to write "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals" in 2009—the first book of its kind in children's literature. "Vegan Is Love", "V Is for Vegan", and "The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids" followed. "Bad Day," her fifth book released in September 2019, broadens her children's book themes to include emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Roth holds degrees in art and American studies. She lives and works in Los Angeles and speaks and conferences nationwide.

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4.0 out of 5 stars When You're Upset, Sometimes You Need Some Alone Time to Think.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 27, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars When You're Upset, Sometimes You Need Some Alone Time to Think.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 27, 2019
This is a book about a young boy being upset, but not knowing why at first. He puts a sad-faced paper bag over his head and starts to think about his day during his alone time.
He ticks off all the bad stuff that happened throughout the day, but then realizes that he is strong enough and made it through the day. He realizes that it doesn't matter what happens or what others think because he is his own self.
This book's message is basically whatever happens, you can overcome it and if you have a "Bad Day," you can make it through. Sometimes all you need is some time to yourself to figure things out.
This book rhymes and has illustrations on each page. The illustrations are OK and simple enough for kids to like.
This book is geared for kids between the ages of 3 - 7. I agree with that age range for this book.
My daughter is 4 yrs old and seemed to like the book and didn't lose interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids about loss/death
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David Allen Mclachlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of our favorite books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for children
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorite books
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