Book Review: Ben’s School Daze by Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom

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Ben's School DazeTitle: Ben’s School Daze
Authors: Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom
Publisher: Peence & Rogue Designs Pty Ltd
Pages: 28
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

This is a story about Ben, a lively and active boy, who finds the sensory experiences within his day to be overwhelming.  

Loud noises vibrate through his body and “shoes and sock bother him.. they never feel just right”.  

This can make it hard for Ben to be a good student.  But don’t worry, his teacher and mum know what to do to help him through his day.

For More Information

  • Ben’s School Daze is available at the authors’ website.
  • Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Ben’s School Daze is a good book for both parents and children.  It starts with information  for parents and teachers including suggestions on what to discuss before and after reading the book.

The story has rhyming verses and cute pictures. It describes how Ben acts when he gets sensory overload in this world full of action and noises. Luckily, his teacher and mother know what to do to help Ben calm down and focus.

At the end of Ben’s School Daze, it describes Sensory Processing Disorder, explains what to do to help, and lists many helpful activities.

This book would be helpful for any child and their parents, whether they have Sensory Processing Disorder or not, since most children can get sensory overload at some point.



Ben is a playful, lively boy

who is always on the go

He is out of bed at the crack of dawn

and never seems to slow

Lego, swords and action figures 

are his favourite toys

He loves running, climbing, riding

and playing with other boys.

But something is going on for Ben,

it’s not always smooth sailing

At times the smallest request

leaves him stomping and wailing

His sister complains that he’s moody

‘cause his behaviour can be erratic

He plays up at dinner and bath-time

and parties make him frantic.

Ask Ben and he would tell you

that it’s hard to cope each week

With scratchy tags, stiff clothes

and horrid smells that reek

Shoes and sock bother him

they never feel “just right”

And hairbrushing “hurts”

so he protests with a fight.


About the Authors

Joanne Larcon Robin Sim

Robyn Sims is a paediatric occupational therapist who works in private practice with many children with sensory processing challenges.  She is co-director of Magnetic Moves and co-presents workshops on SPD.  

Joanne Larcom is a mother to four beautiful children, one of whom has sensory processing challenges.  She is co-director of Magnetic Moves and presents workshops on SPD with Robyn.


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