“Kids will love the book’s splashy color, monsters aplenty, and gross-out humor. Parents will love the story’s durable lesson: be yourself.” – Terry Vittone
I’m once again happy and humbled to present another advance review for The Squeezor is Coming!, from Terry Vittone.
The Squeezor is Coming Book Review
by Terry Vittone
Your little monsters will love it!
Every kid can relate to scrambling for cover when a monster comes calling, and in Becky Benishek’s delightful The Squeezor Is Coming, the flight response is at the center of a familiar but inventive story arc.
Grotesque in appearance but sensitive, alert, and helpful by nature, the Squeezor is feared and misunderstood by the other monsters who live in Ghastly Gigapolis, the story’s spooky hamlet. Given his wicked fangs and meat-hook claws, it’s a safe bet the Squeezor is not exclusively an herbivore!
But allowing for all his intimidating hardware, the Squeezor is a cross of sorts, between one of Sendak’s Wild Things and the Elephant Man, terrifying to behold but trembling inside with a need to belong. But will the Squeezor be able to hug his way into his neighbor’s hearts before their fear lurches into torch and pitchfork proportions?
Benishek’s masterful prose revels in wordplay that spoofs the genre, and Matt Fiss’s illustrations are consistently crisp, imaginative, and frighteningly full of amusing detail.
Kids will love the book’s splashy color, monsters aplenty, and gross-out (Nose Nougats, anyone?) humor.
Parents will love the story’s durable lesson: be yourself. The protagonist’s singularities, though at first an isolating burden and terror to the community at large, ultimately give him unique abilities—and opportunities—to contribute.
Thank you so much, Terry, for your wonderful words. I am so glad you enjoyed it!