Benji, the Bad Day, and Me

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$19.95  $18.55
Lee & Low Books
Publish Date
10.7 X 8.5 X 0.4 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Sally J. Pla is the award-winning author of several novels for young people, including The Someday Birds and Stanley Will Probably Be Fine. Many of Pla's stories are based on her experience of raising three active boys, very close in age. When her sons were young and having a bad day, they loved being "made into burritos"--getting wrapped tightly in their blankets. The tight pressure appealed especially to Pla's autistic son. Pla lives with her family in Southern California. You can find her online at

Ken Min's picture book debut Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji, published by Lee & Low Books, received the Picture Book Honor for Literature from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). Ken is an illustrator and animation storyboard artist for commercials and animated TV shows such as Futurama, Fairly Odd Parents, andNew Looney Tunes. His illustration work has been recognized numerous times by the Society of Children's Books Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). Min lives in Los Angeles, California. You can see more of his artwork online at


* "Benji is wholly heartwarming." -- Shelf Awareness, starred review

"[A] thoughtful reminder that all siblings need extra love and attention sometimes." -- Publishers Weekly

"Pla selects a common theme, the power of familial love to overcome adversity, and deftly moves the challenges of autism to a supporting detail rather than a distracting focus in this simple picture book. That Min depicts this family as people of color further broadens this story's inclusive reach. An ordinary story is given a spark of life by the inclusion of an empathetic little brother with autism." -- Kirkus Reviews

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