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Ray Sobrino Jr. Publishes Inspiring Book to Help Children Build Their Self-Esteem

The author draws on his experience as a bullied schoolboy to write an uplifting, inspiring children’s book.

Newbury Park, California, USA – WEBWIRE

This book will help children develop self-esteem and accept other children’s differences.

What better way to teach children how to (re)build self-esteem after bullying than through a children’s book? One that features cockroaches, one of the least adorable of insects? Raymond Sobrino Jr. did just that with “Ralphie the Roach” (Next Century Publishing; 2017).
Children will learn many lessons from the story of “Ralphie the Roach,”  who gets bullied at school and deals with not being like the other insects that see him as ugly and dirty. He has no idea that his home is dark and greasy.
One day, Ralphie comes home crying. He tells his parents he is being bullied and tormented at school by a big and mean honeybee. The bully bee had told him that no one likes him because he, being a cockroach, is ugly and his home his dirty. He verbally abused Ralphie further by telling him everyone loves bees because they spend most of their time around flowers – and everyone loves flowers.
“‘Ralphie the Roach’ is a story of how to be nice to another regardless of how you live or the type of family you have,” said Sobrino about his children’s book. “This story teaches us that you may not be the prettiest of insects, but you might have the biggest heart.”
The book teaches readers, particularly children, a clear lesson that bullying is not good at school and anywhere – and it hurts. Worse, it causes depression on the victims who are bullied. On the side, the author hopes to empower bullying victims and help them build their self-esteem with his inspiring story.
Watch out for the public display of Raymond Sobrino Jr.’s “Ralphie the Roach” at the upcoming 2018 Frankfurt International Book Fair on Oct. 10 to 14, 2018.
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Ralphie the Roach
Written by: Raymond Sobrino Jr.
Published by: Next Century Publishing
Date Published: October 24, 2017
Paperback price: $9.95
About the Author

Born in 1971 in Long Beach, California, Ray Sobrino holds a degree in English literature from California Lutheran University. He is married and lives in Newbury Park, Ca. and is raising three children. When he is not managing his small business, he enjoys hiking, landscape photography and photos of city scapes and seeing nature.


 Ray Sobrino
 Ralphie the Roach
 Next Century Publishing
 building self-esteem
 bullying, inspirational

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