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Iphelia is a graphic novel for the inner children of grown men and women. It is the story of a girl born with a special gift of sensitivity, told through 90 pages of visually stunning images that animate the feeling-level of experience through color, texture, shape and motion, making it perfect for young children, too. Like Iphelia, we are all born with the gift of feeling. Iphelia is a graphic novel for the inner children of grown men and women. It is the story of a girl born with a special gift of sensitivity, told through 90 pages of visually stunning images that animate the feeling-level of experience through color, texture, shape and motion, making it perfect for young children, too. Like Iphelia, we are all born with the gift of feeling. But as we are exposed to all the wounded adults around us, we develop defenses that quiet and dull our emotional sense. We lose touch with our feelings, our connection with ourselves, and our capacity to really connect with each other. We lose empathy. The graphic novel illustrates the language of feelings and teaches valuable lessons in friendship, forgiveness, creativity, integrity, and the power of feeling! The second half of the book is a passionate educational exploration of the feeling-dimension of experience that includes exercises and techniques for practical application. Each of the practices supports the reader in developing a deeper understanding of feelings and greater self-awareness. The practices build on each other, facilitating a journey toward a peak of insight and understanding. Topics covered include empathy for self and others, personal integrity, addiction, communication, boundary setting, apologizing, meditation, and living consciously.


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Iphelia is a graphic novel for the inner children of grown men and women. It is the story of a girl born with a special gift of sensitivity, told through 90 pages of visually stunning images that animate the feeling-level of experience through color, texture, shape and motion, making it perfect for young children, too. Like Iphelia, we are all born with the gift of feeling. Iphelia is a graphic novel for the inner children of grown men and women. It is the story of a girl born with a special gift of sensitivity, told through 90 pages of visually stunning images that animate the feeling-level of experience through color, texture, shape and motion, making it perfect for young children, too. Like Iphelia, we are all born with the gift of feeling. But as we are exposed to all the wounded adults around us, we develop defenses that quiet and dull our emotional sense. We lose touch with our feelings, our connection with ourselves, and our capacity to really connect with each other. We lose empathy. The graphic novel illustrates the language of feelings and teaches valuable lessons in friendship, forgiveness, creativity, integrity, and the power of feeling! The second half of the book is a passionate educational exploration of the feeling-dimension of experience that includes exercises and techniques for practical application. Each of the practices supports the reader in developing a deeper understanding of feelings and greater self-awareness. The practices build on each other, facilitating a journey toward a peak of insight and understanding. Topics covered include empathy for self and others, personal integrity, addiction, communication, boundary setting, apologizing, meditation, and living consciously.

30 review for Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    "We are all born with the capacity for empathy, but because adults have learned to refrain from expressing what they are really feeling, the practice is denied and the ability invalidated." So begins the introduction to Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling. Unfortunately, I find myself entirely conflicted about how to write this review. On the one hand, this book has encouraged me to feel my feels. On the other, it was meant to teach me to be empathetic. I'm afraid it has succeeded on the form "We are all born with the capacity for empathy, but because adults have learned to refrain from expressing what they are really feeling, the practice is denied and the ability invalidated." So begins the introduction to Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling. Unfortunately, I find myself entirely conflicted about how to write this review. On the one hand, this book has encouraged me to feel my feels. On the other, it was meant to teach me to be empathetic. I'm afraid it has succeeded on the former and failed on the latter. I thought I was going to get a graphic novel that told a story and taught me something about how feelings and empathy work in adults. That is not what this turned out to be. Instead, the first part of this book is broken into sections that alternate between a very basic graphic story about a little girl discovering and defining emotions, and "inspirational teaching" lessons. Then, the second half of the book starts getting in to deeper water with many acronyms like "SUMA" (Strengthen Up Mature Adult) and "LOCK" (Love On Connected Kid) and "LOOK" (Love On Other Kid). Learning these acronyms leads to sentences like: "In order to effectively LOOK we have to be able to sustain an open heart, which means we have to be SUMA LOCKed." And that's the point when I realized this educational material was probably being wasted on me. I will have to accept that the root cause of my inability to fill my personal integrity bowl is likely due to the numerous process addictions that I refuse to shake. Those of you who are more open to the idea of deep personal work will likely have a much richer connection with this book and may even learn how to connect with your inner child. I admire the efforts Erick Kenneth French has made to present this information in an approachable way, but I do wish the description had been a little more indicative of the depth of the new-age thinking that would be required to appreciate this work. Thank you to NetGalley and Tyrian Press for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    Growing up in the family of a clinical social worker myself, this book right away spoke to me. Most children, even many adults don’t have the ability to recognize and identify how they are feeling, or to understand they can control those thoughts they want to spend time with. This book talks about so many emotions and encourages the reader to be in touch with these feelings. Further understanding of our emotions helps us all in our relationships, and increases our self-awareness and creativity! Growing up in the family of a clinical social worker myself, this book right away spoke to me. Most children, even many adults don’t have the ability to recognize and identify how they are feeling, or to understand they can control those thoughts they want to spend time with. This book talks about so many emotions and encourages the reader to be in touch with these feelings. Further understanding of our emotions helps us all in our relationships, and increases our self-awareness and creativity! The unique style of graphics are amazing. This is a great book about feelings and self-awareness!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Please Pass the Books

    Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling by Erick Kenneth French is both a story and resource by the author, compiled in an arrangement intended to engage a reader through a series of illustrations and narrative. In the first portion French provides the tale of Iphelia in a picture book format, about a young girl learning to understand and manage her feelings. There is a textual transition at the end of each of the three acts, with a comprehensive analysis on Iphelia's emotional growth and how it Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling by Erick Kenneth French is both a story and resource by the author, compiled in an arrangement intended to engage a reader through a series of illustrations and narrative. In the first portion French provides the tale of Iphelia in a picture book format, about a young girl learning to understand and manage her feelings. There is a textual transition at the end of each of the three acts, with a comprehensive analysis on Iphelia's emotional growth and how it applies to all of us. The second portion of the book delves deeper into French's explanations with each section followed by practices and exercises. Iphelia by Erick Kenneth French is more than just a book. It actually feels like an experience. The illustrations are absolutely sublime, and there was very little in French's narrative that I couldn't get on board with. For me, it was the section titled Improving Personal Integrity that rang the most personal, and the declaration that everything we struggle with is ultimately the result of compromises to our personal integrity. "I am humble. I am profoundly honest with myself. I really want to be true to myself." There is a great deal of self-care that I have pushed to the backburner for so long, and opening up the reservoir of feelings and allowing, not just the acceptance of that, but having the tools to change the pattern, is everything I didn't realize I was searching for. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for the changes that begin from within. Review written for Readers' Favorite.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Burns

    It’s been several months since I first read Iphelia, and it has made a positive and lingering impact. It’s one book that I find myself going back to time and again when I need a refresher in my busy life, especially while raising teens. This is the first book I’ve read with a focus on paying attention to feelings and learning how to distinguish between emotions. Reading Iphelia has helped me better understand and gain clear boundaries in some tricky relationships. There are also exercises and he It’s been several months since I first read Iphelia, and it has made a positive and lingering impact. It’s one book that I find myself going back to time and again when I need a refresher in my busy life, especially while raising teens. This is the first book I’ve read with a focus on paying attention to feelings and learning how to distinguish between emotions. Reading Iphelia has helped me better understand and gain clear boundaries in some tricky relationships. There are also exercises and helpful language in the book that I find myself thinking back on and referring to. Beautiful imagery, too! The first half of the book is in graphic novel form and helps bring home the author’s message in a unique way. Loved it!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    Charming and Grandiose I can not love more this book is great throughout both the content and illustrations. From the Author's note is honest, clear and with the wisdom that life has given to express it lovingly in his work.The illustrations are beautifully detailed and you can feel the talent, the great dedication and care to perform them. The content contains beautiful quotes and the message is totally valuable for children, teenagers and even adults focused on their heart.This wonderful book i Charming and Grandiose I can not love more this book is great throughout both the content and illustrations. From the Author's note is honest, clear and with the wisdom that life has given to express it lovingly in his work.The illustrations are beautifully detailed and you can feel the talent, the great dedication and care to perform them. The content contains beautiful quotes and the message is totally valuable for children, teenagers and even adults focused on their heart.This wonderful book is a great gift to give, not only to family, colleagues and friends, and is highly recommended for schools with a comprehensive educational focus for personal development and the social-emotional abilities of children. The author not only presents very relevant information, but proposes simple practices available to everyone, and a glossary about feelings. This book exposes two of the most beautiful abilities that make us human, which are empathy and creativity, hand in hand with self-awareness. At present, we have begun to understand the so-called Empaths, for whom this book will be a treasure (and for parents of very empathetic children) since the author explains many of its expressions. I myself am an empath and as a child I used to see and feel the emotions of others as spheres of color that surrounded them, and when they touched my aura I connected with the other in a type of unity, then a communication arose in which I perceived what the others felt in my own body. Sometimes I felt very overwhelmed and my parents did not understand, so they could not support me properly and ended up taking me to a psychiatrist who prescribed sedatives. This gift has been a challenge but it is one of my great talents with which I have given deep purpose to my life and my relationships. I have no doubt that the development of these capabilities is fundamental to solving many of the social and even political conflicts, the way we interact with animals and nature, and that can be critical for the future of humanity. ¡Do not forget to check the website, it is great!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa E

    Awaken your inner power by freely expressing your feelings and creating healthy personal boundaries in the exquisitely illustrated graphic novel, Iphelia (Awakening The Gift of Feeling) by Erick Kenneth French. Meet Iphelia, a beautiful, highly sensitive young girl. Iphelia feels her emotions so deeply she is at a loss as to how to process them. To add further complications, Iphelia is also an empath. She senses other people's emotions so intensely that sometimes her own thoughts and feelings be Awaken your inner power by freely expressing your feelings and creating healthy personal boundaries in the exquisitely illustrated graphic novel, Iphelia (Awakening The Gift of Feeling) by Erick Kenneth French. Meet Iphelia, a beautiful, highly sensitive young girl. Iphelia feels her emotions so deeply she is at a loss as to how to process them. To add further complications, Iphelia is also an empath. She senses other people's emotions so intensely that sometimes her own thoughts and feelings become a jumbled mess of confusing emotions. Learn with Iphelia why meditation, being aware of our emotions, and setting healthy boundaries are so crucial to our well-being. Explore different techniques for healing deep wounds to experience a happier, more emotionally mature life. Are you ready to end vicious cycles of anger and guilt? Delve deep into your inner being, and learn how to stop leaking and spewing your negative emotions on your loved ones and become the person you are meant to be. Iphelia (Awakening The Gift of Feeling) by Erick Kenneth French is a stunning graphic novel/self-help book merged. I was beyond impressed with the content; the graphic story was so well formulated and depicted, I would have been satisfied with it alone. Only the author went so much further by including tools and techniques that assist in uncovering and healing old emotional wounds, clearing out old patterns, and creating new, healthier ways of dealing with our feelings. This book is beautifully written and flawlessly delivered, with techniques that are easily grasped and even more easily implemented. Upon finishing the story, I felt that I had spent significant time with a therapist; the concepts are so simple to apply, and with little effort the results become quickly realized. I highly recommend this book to adults that are tired of taking their stress out on their friends and loved ones, and who are ready to start taking responsibility for their actions, reactions, and their lives. For children, I believe that this book will enhance their understanding of the different emotions they are experiencing and help teach them emotional maturity while they are still young; giving them a priceless set of tools that will stay with them throughout their lives.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    “Iphelia” strikes me as contemporary wisdom literature. Erick Kenneth French’s graphic novel and self-awakening manual is in the spirit of the following reflection by cellist Pablo Casals: “When will we teach our children in school what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all of the world there is no other child exactly like you. In the millions of years that have passed there has never been another child like you. And look at y “Iphelia” strikes me as contemporary wisdom literature. Erick Kenneth French’s graphic novel and self-awakening manual is in the spirit of the following reflection by cellist Pablo Casals: “When will we teach our children in school what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all of the world there is no other child exactly like you. In the millions of years that have passed there has never been another child like you. And look at your body -- what a wonder it is! your legs, your arms, your cunning fingers, the way you move! You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?” Key to this marvel is being in touch with the range of our feelings. Through bold colors, an engaging narrative, and insightful analysis, the author lays a foundation for deeper empathy and emotional literacy. Each reader should find should find several practical messages within its pages.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tino

    Whether you have heavily guarded, deeply-troubling, ferociously rambunctious emotions within your soul, or pieces of feelings waiting to be put together, this oeuvre is for you. Showing simple and complex emotional concerns comprehensibly, French paints a unique picture illustrating ideas and action-points designed to help us care for our feelings (and our inner-children). From suppressed feelings, shame, and bad personal agreements, to the glorious personalities of the GHFBPD (Giant-Hearted, Fi Whether you have heavily guarded, deeply-troubling, ferociously rambunctious emotions within your soul, or pieces of feelings waiting to be put together, this oeuvre is for you. Showing simple and complex emotional concerns comprehensibly, French paints a unique picture illustrating ideas and action-points designed to help us care for our feelings (and our inner-children). From suppressed feelings, shame, and bad personal agreements, to the glorious personalities of the GHFBPD (Giant-Hearted, Fire-Breathing, Purple Dragon), I was able to read about many topics of interest. I very much enjoyed this book, and would like to thank the author for spending his abilities on writing to help others. A gift it was!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    Do you remember the first time you were emotionally wounded? You had no idea how to fix it, you cried and possibly screamed because maybe if you let it all out, all the emotion would also be released. Iphelia by Erick Kenneth French is a graphic novel which follows the journey of a young girl named Iphelia, who has the power of empathy. She can feel what other people feel and sometimes it is overwhelming for her, so overwhelming that she doesn’t know quite what to do. However, Iphelia isn’t just Do you remember the first time you were emotionally wounded? You had no idea how to fix it, you cried and possibly screamed because maybe if you let it all out, all the emotion would also be released. Iphelia by Erick Kenneth French is a graphic novel which follows the journey of a young girl named Iphelia, who has the power of empathy. She can feel what other people feel and sometimes it is overwhelming for her, so overwhelming that she doesn’t know quite what to do. However, Iphelia isn’t just about a little girl; it is also about you, the reader. Iphelia is a self-help book of sorts. A guide to understanding your feelings and accepting the fact that it is all right to feel emotional, even when you are an adult. Iphelia is one of those books that you will find surprisingly insightful. Originally I had thought it to be just a graphic novel with goofy illustrations and then, after reading the author’s note, I realized he had planned to provoke my thoughts and emotions through the images presented. French knows that the illustrations in his novel will raise eyebrows. He welcomes readers to note which images they like or don't like, and even which images “repulse” them. He reminds us that we’re never too old to openly feel things and to empathize with other people. A simple message, but one lost on us as we grow older in a reality that can be full of harshness. I implore others to utilize this ingenious novel. Never judge a book by its cover or its sometimes disturbing images. Review written for Readers’ Favorite

  10. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review. There was a lot of love on this book on empathy and feelings. I think it could be a great book for a person who has problems accepting/dealing with their feelings. On the other hand, if that isn't your weak point you may find this a bit boring as I did. I have a hard time forgoing judgment in general. This prevented me from getting into the flow of the book for a few reasons. First, while I considered my self to perhaps be an empath I I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review. There was a lot of love on this book on empathy and feelings. I think it could be a great book for a person who has problems accepting/dealing with their feelings. On the other hand, if that isn't your weak point you may find this a bit boring as I did. I have a hard time forgoing judgment in general. This prevented me from getting into the flow of the book for a few reasons. First, while I considered my self to perhaps be an empath I now suppose that I am not. While I seem to pay attention to other people's feelings more than most people I meet I am not troubled by the feelings I observe. This took away the immediacy of benefit/identification that I imagine the target audience of this book will feel. Second, I didn't like how the book assumed that all people would feel the same way in certain situations. I think the graphic novel was intended to be shared with children and feel uncomfortable showing my daughter a book that subconsciously implies that all people will necessarily feel anger in a situation or shame in another. While I agree that many children/people will have those feelings in those situations unless the child has been in those situations and felt that feeling it seems to imply that this is the normal feeling. This may predispose the child to feel in a negative way that may not have been their default behavior and this may continue for their whole life. For example, a child is shown experiencing shame upon being caught cheating. Shame questions our worth as people and while cheating should be discouraged we shouldn't be adding shame to that or anything else in my opinion. There's far more than enough shame going around as is. I feel that sometimes cheating may be the best option(for example, if everyone else is) and one should approach the situation at hand with full knowledge of the pros and cons and then make the decision without guilt. Lastly, the illustrations were all computer designed which for me lacked the warmth of human touch. I realize that this was probably a necessity and I didn't hold it against the author. On the other hand, it didn't help draw me in either.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Leritz

    Reading Iphelia brought a lot of things together for me. I would put this author in the same category as Eckhart Tolle and Dr. Wayne Dyer, I think you can call it the New Thought Movement. All authors take an slightly different approach to reaching the same goal, of course it’s worded a bit differently. Both Dyer and Eckhart have been acknowledged by Oprah and she has delved into their teachings, and for good reason, the outcome of their teachings is peace, living more fully in the present, and Reading Iphelia brought a lot of things together for me. I would put this author in the same category as Eckhart Tolle and Dr. Wayne Dyer, I think you can call it the New Thought Movement. All authors take an slightly different approach to reaching the same goal, of course it’s worded a bit differently. Both Dyer and Eckhart have been acknowledged by Oprah and she has delved into their teachings, and for good reason, the outcome of their teachings is peace, living more fully in the present, and releasing old habits and thought patterns. I believe Dr. Dyer , if alive today, would definitely take a look at this book, maybe even endorse it, or write a forword, and possibly I see it making it into the hands of Oprah. You see this books takes a simple approach to what I would say Eckhart scimmed over. He focused, in my opinion, too heavily on just living in the present. What he didn’t write about enough is there are blocks preventing us from doing so. Mainly our emotions. He experienced a large amount of depression before coming to his awakening and didn’t write about that in his two best sellers but you can listen to his story in multiple interviews given over the years. He had to first really feel what was coming up for him before he ‘broke through’ if you will. Iphelia tackles this issue full on and gives practical advice and tools to deal with our feelings and emotions and how to resolve them and continue living more freely in the present moment and enjoy, understanding our seeming complex lives. It makes it simple. Adults give themselves too much credit and could use a child’s perspective to light the way for them. This book also is in line with one of my favorite books ACIM. The premise is from ACIM is bringing our darkness to the light to be dispelled. That sounds great but how is that really achieved, my advice to you is to read Iphelia, it’ll help, I promise, :). I’m excited to see this book get into more people’s hands. If you’re a fan of the authors or books I talked about check it out, you have only joy to gain.

  12. 5 out of 5

    yamiyoghurt

    A phenomenal book about emotions and spiritual well-being. I wasn't expecting much when I browsed the first few pages of the book, but it turned out to be full of wisdom and very well structured in its delivery and pace. It's an insightful book that helps people recognize, acknowledge, and establish a healthy relationship with their feelings. The content came from a deep holistic place of integrity. It is a gem of a find. A phenomenal book about emotions and spiritual well-being. I wasn't expecting much when I browsed the first few pages of the book, but it turned out to be full of wisdom and very well structured in its delivery and pace. It's an insightful book that helps people recognize, acknowledge, and establish a healthy relationship with their feelings. The content came from a deep holistic place of integrity. It is a gem of a find.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Santistevan

    I won this book from Goodreads. I enjoyed this book and I liked the messages too. This was fun.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christian Sia

    Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling by Erick Kenneth French is a beautiful, inspirational book that discusses and explores the gift of empathy and the power of feeling from very unique angles, a book that everyone — and I mean everyone — should read because it is about the one important thing we need to create a hospitable and peaceful society, to grow as individuals, and to thrive in the relationships we build. Starting from the days of childhood, the author looks at the reality of feeling — Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling by Erick Kenneth French is a beautiful, inspirational book that discusses and explores the gift of empathy and the power of feeling from very unique angles, a book that everyone — and I mean everyone — should read because it is about the one important thing we need to create a hospitable and peaceful society, to grow as individuals, and to thrive in the relationships we build. Starting from the days of childhood, the author looks at the reality of feeling — the excitement of the child, the feelings of fun, the sense of wonder — and shows how it fills life, but points out that the purity and strength of this feeling ebbs as the child interacts with older folk, until the child starts discerning it faintly. Erick Kenneth French shows the place of feeling in personal and community life, explaining how it can be the one thing we need to define who we are, understand what we really want, and detect what people around us feel and desire. Feeling can also lead individuals to identify their purpose, what they were created for. With relevant and telling images, this book unveils the anatomy of feeling, leading readers through its different stages. Some pages are filled with images and a few lines that explain what those images stand for, and it will be helpful to spend some time experiencing them. The part that speaks a lot to me is where the author shares exercises and offers a step-by-step guide on harnessing the gift of feeling and allowing it to project us towards our purpose. Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling speaks about empathy in a very creative and captivating manner, convincing readers that it is essential for success in both personal and business life. There is a wealth of wisdom in this book and a message we need in today’s technocentric cultural and business environments.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ruffina Os

    Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling by Erick Kenneth French is an incredible book on one of the powerful gifts we have received and one that few of us harness and use well—empathy. With compelling images, the author helps readers understand how their feelings are an intrinsic part of their being and a component that plays an essential part in relationships, vision, and personal growth. In the introduction the author notes that: “Most of the struggles we have in our relationships stem from an Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling by Erick Kenneth French is an incredible book on one of the powerful gifts we have received and one that few of us harness and use well—empathy. With compelling images, the author helps readers understand how their feelings are an intrinsic part of their being and a component that plays an essential part in relationships, vision, and personal growth. In the introduction the author notes that: “Most of the struggles we have in our relationships stem from an inability to be aware of our own feelings and the feelings of others, and to communicate on a level of feeling.” In this book, readers will understand how their feelings evolve, and how they lose touch with this powerful faculty as they outgrow childhood, but he shows a path that readers can use to reconnect with their feelings, and explains why this is important. This book helps readers understand how to connect with their feelings and how to use the power of feeling in relationships and in life. Our feelings are very revealing of who we are and that helps us understand what we are called to be and do. The more we are connected to our emotional side, the more we gain clarity in relationships, understand our deepest needs, and become people who are engaged with others, creative and compassionate. The illustrations are very meaningful, each offering a message of its own. This book is a quick read, but it will be beneficial for readers to read with patience, to reflect on each sentence and to follow the exercises proposed in it. Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling is a gift that everyone needs in a world that is quickly losing its humanity.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Billy Buttons

    Title: Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling Author: Erick Kenneth French Star Rating: 5 Stars Number of Readers: 19 Stats Editing: 9/10 Writing Style: 9/10 Content: 9/10 Cover: 8/10 Of the 19 readers: 18 would read another book by this author. 15 thought the cover was good or excellent. 19 felt it was easy to follow. 19 would recommend this story to another reader to try. Of all the readers, 10 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘subject knowledge’. Of all the readers, 9 felt the author’s strongest skill Title: Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling Author: Erick Kenneth French Star Rating: 5 Stars Number of Readers: 19 Stats Editing: 9/10 Writing Style: 9/10 Content: 9/10 Cover: 8/10 Of the 19 readers: 18 would read another book by this author. 15 thought the cover was good or excellent. 19 felt it was easy to follow. 19 would recommend this story to another reader to try. Of all the readers, 10 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘subject knowledge’. Of all the readers, 9 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘writing style’. 18 felt the pacing was good or excellent. 19 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted. Readers’ Comments ‘A cleverly written book divided into two parts. First, there’s the animated novel of a girl who can feel other’s feelings. The second part is a study of feelings and how we can live a healthy life. This seemed well-written and interesting. I wasn’t a big fan of the illustrations but they did a good job, adding to the story in a visual way.’ Female reader, aged 64 ‘In a world of ‘Go! Go! Go!’ this book has a welcome message. I was totally enthralled.’ Male reader, aged 43 ‘A graphic novel that’s also a self-help book. How unusual. Well done to the author for coming up with such a clever way of putting across an important message regarding lifestyle.’ Male reader, aged 55 ‘This book might just help you to connect with your feelings. There’s a lot to take in but it’s worth going back to from time to time to refresh your memory.’ Female reader, aged 61 ‘Designed to help the reader understand feelings and how they affect the way we act. A huge amount of work must have gone into producing the computer illustrations at the front of the book. I thought they were interesting and added value to the girl’s story. Overall, I would recommend this to anybody who is feeling uncomfortable or even confused by how they feel towards another person or to a problem facing them.’ Female reader, aged 70 To Sum It Up: ‘A cleverly designed self-help book, perfect for anybody who wants to understand feelings and how it can influence them. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wen

    I was very kindly offered this book to read for review. At first glance it seemed to be a children’s book, given the graphic artwork on the front. The theme of Iphelia, a highly sensitive/ empathic child and her dragon friend was present throughout the book and the artwork was vibrant and beautiful (even though dragons do look witchy to me but that’s a personal thing.) The story was generally simple with minimal text beneath a page of illustration and I do believe there is an enormous need for th I was very kindly offered this book to read for review. At first glance it seemed to be a children’s book, given the graphic artwork on the front. The theme of Iphelia, a highly sensitive/ empathic child and her dragon friend was present throughout the book and the artwork was vibrant and beautiful (even though dragons do look witchy to me but that’s a personal thing.) The story was generally simple with minimal text beneath a page of illustration and I do believe there is an enormous need for the issues of the highly sensitive child (and adult) to be more widely represented. However, there were also many pages of in-depth explanatory notes and suggested therapeutic interventions interspersed between the simple illustrations. These explanatory pages, which I will describe as only suitable for adults, with reference to issues of pornography and more, confuses the identity of the book. In my opinion, I am convinced that this should be two individual books to separate the child and adult content, of which both are seemingly quite credible. No seven year old should have this book in their own hands and if my child brought this home from the library, I’d be horrified. Although there is lots of potential here, I’m sorry to say that I’m very concerned about it as it stands as mixed content. If they were separate books I could probably rate them favourably.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bree Liddell

  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Linsey Stevens

  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Brandy Rannals

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Madi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erick French

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cristal williams

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