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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

AWARENESS TOUR: Ralphy's Rules for Feelings by Talar and Riley Herculian Coursey, Illustrated by Meri Andreasyan - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Time for a little AWARENESS TOUR to spread awareness about feelings!  That's right.  FEELINGS.  You know, those sometimes pesky little things that give us butterflies in our stomach before a big speech, or that exhilarating heart race before a big date?  Yeah, those feelings AND all the others.  Today's featured title on tour with The Children's Book Review takes us through the world of feelings, shows us their validity, and helps us understand where to go with them from there.  Ladies and gents, kiddos and friends, let's take a closer look between the epages of....

Written by 
Talar Hercuilian Coursey and Riley Herculian Coursey
Illustrated by Meri Andreasyan
Ages 4+ | 36 Pages
Purple Butterfly Press (2024)

About the book...
We have big feelings!

Sometimes we don’t know what to do with them or how to change our thoughts that cause these feelings. The first day of school can be scary, but “Furrapist” Jackson Johnson and cute pup Ralphy of Ralphy’s Rules for the Good Life are committed to helping a busload of kids understand and manage their big feelings. During the ride to school, Furrapist Jackson Johnson teaches the children that they can choose their emotions and decide how to respond to them. Ralphy and Jackson make the complicated subject of emotional intelligence accessible for kids to understand and, more importantly, implement in their everyday lives.

So hop on the bus with us, and let’s learn about how taking charge of our feelings can change our day!



Okay, so there's a lot of LOVE to go around here.
First, I love that the Furrapist and Ralphy are DOGS.  Yep, dogs!  They're cute, adorable, and easy for readers of all ages to be drawn to.  Secondly, the kids on the bus are just like you and me.  They get up each day ready to go, and get bombarded by feelings of all kinds.  Some are more welcome like excitement, while others are harder to bear like worry and embarrassment.  The thing is they acknowledge what they are feeling, thanks to our furry duo, because all feelings are valid, no matter how big or small, but then they get offered a choice.  The choice may seem impossible, but, if you really think about it, it's got a ring of truth.  We may start the day one way, but we have the power to change some things, including our own mindset.  If doom and gloom is all we see, that silver lining beneath may be just the ticket out of the rain.  So the kids choose to carry their feelings with them, or take up something new by changing their mind, and focusing on something positive, joyful, or uplifting.  It's often said a situation can be solved, or a day changed by looking at it from a new why not apply the same action to our feelings?

A great story that welcomes readers to drop their heavy loads, and turn their frowns upside down.  Filled with cheerful images to brighten anyone's day, I have to say that the emoji style representations of the feelings shared make it even easier for today's generation to feel a kinship with.  The perfect edutainment pick for young readers, whether in a classroom or family setting.



Talar Herculian Coursey is a lawyer by day and a children’s book author, Life Coach, and philanthropist by night (more like mornings). She has been a General Counsel since 2011 and recently joined ComplyAuto, a privacy/cybersecurity SAAS company. Before going in-house, she was a file clerk, associate, and partner at the national labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips LLP. Talar is a co-author of both #Networked: How 20 Women Lawyers Overcame the Confines of COVID-19 Social Distancing to Create Connections, CultivateCommunity, & Build Businesses in the Midst of a Global Pandemic and Women In Law: Discovering the True Meaning of Success. Her first children’s book, Ralphy’s Rules for Living the Good Life, was published in 2021.

Talar has served as the President of the Salt Lake City Chapter of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (“SOAR”) since 2015. SOAR, founded in 2005, supports orphanages in Syria, Lebanon and Armenia. She runs the Salt Lake City Half Marathon every year to raise money for SOAR in memory of her father. Net proceeds from her children’s books also go to SOAR. In addition to being a mother, wife, lawyer, life coach, and philanthropist, she is also a runner, yogi, and Jesus, Eckhart Tolle, Peloton, and Brandon Flowers groupie.

For more information, visit


~~~   GIVEAWAY   ~~~

Enter the giveaway for the chance to win a classroom set that includes 25 copies of Ralphy's Rules for Feelings!


Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the publisher for the ecopy for review. (THANKS!) This post is sponsored by Purple Butterfly Press. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view. For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!


Monday, January 22, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Tuesday, January 23, 2024
A Storytime Activity Paired with Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Author Interview with Talar Herculian Coursey

Thursday, January 25, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Friday, January 25, 2024
Book Spotlight of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Monday, January 29, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings and Little Free Library Drop

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Thursday, February 1, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Friday, February 2, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Monday, February 5, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Thursday, February 8, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Friday, February 9, 2024
Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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