Advance Reviews for “Hush, Mouse!”

I’m touched and thrilled to be able to share these reviews about Hush, Mouse!

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“Hush, Mouse! is an adorable story about a small, big-eared cat who no one sees, and his special connection with a large-eyed little girl who no one hears. These two are perfect for each other and soon find that their unique traits are just what is needed to make big difference.

My kids and I loved this story. The pacing and flow were perfect, not to mention the adorable illustrations! This story promotes celebrating differences and understanding that we are are special in our own way. Hush, Mouse! is a must have for every child’s personal library! -Erica Graham, author of the Talking Tales series.


READERS’ FAVORITE STARRED REVIEW:

Hush, Mouse! is a short, delightful children’s story, beautifully illustrated by Alicia Young. The author, Becky Benishek, teaches everyone, including the adults, that when little ones speak or meow, listen! Thank heaven Little Liz listens to Mouse: together, they save the family from a small tragedy. The depictions of both Mouse, with her big ears, and Little Liz with her big eyes, are adorable.

“Becky Benishek is the author of several children’s books and this one will be a welcome addition to any book collection for young children. Perfect for young readers or for family reading fun together!” -Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite


READERS’ FAVORITE STARRED REVIEW:
Hush, Mouse! is a heartwarming story about two diminutive best friends and the big part they play when danger comes calling. I loved Mouse’s and Liz’s parallel stories and have no doubt that kids who are small for their age will read this book feeling a little better about having to wait to grow into their own big parts.

“Alicia Young’s illustrations are brilliant. They’re beautifully colored, and the expressions on both Mouse’s and Liz’s faces make me smile. Hush, Mouse! is most highly recommended.” -Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite


READERS’ FAVORITE STARRED REVIEW:

“This is a wonderful storybook that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is simple stories like this that excite a child’s imagination and make them want to read more and more. It shows that it’s important to at least check on what someone is doing or saying, no matter how insignificant it may seem. If it wasn’t for the friendship between Little Liz and Mouse, the family might have been in danger.

“This book is highly recommended and ideal to add to your child’s library.” -Vernita Naylor for Readers’ Favorite


“Like Becky Benishek’s other MacLaren-Cochrane title, The Squeezor is Coming!, Hush, Mouse! easily stands out in a crowded market through memorable characters rendered in spectacular, engaging illustrations. One look at the cover and you’ll want to open this book.

“Also, like Squeezor, the protagonists undergo a transformative experience where their unique characteristics take on new value when they prove to be essential to the community—in this story, alerting their family to danger.

“Best of all is Benishek’s singular style—hers are stories of charm and substance, where warmly drawn characters make their way through a loving-if-perilous world where idiosyncrasy is invaluable.

“A word of caution, though—if you have a daughter, granddaughter, niece, what-have-you—she will be begging you to buy her a kitten after you read this book with her!” -Terry Vittone


“Just like having a fun conversation with a child.

“It really amazed me to see the warmth and smoothness of the illustrations.
Choice of colors, carefully composed character and object proportions.
Brilliant and creative to its max.

“I recommend this book, highly, for children of all ages.” -Ashish Kejriwal


Read the full 5-star advance reviews from Readers’ Favorite.

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Black Hare Press: Call and acceptance!

A sci-fi story I sent in to Black Hare Press (Dark Tales For Dark Hearts) got accepted!

We really enjoyed your story – Single Colonists Wanted – and would like to inform you that it has been accepted for inclusion in the publication. Congratulations!”

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I came upon this open call on Sunday after getting all fired up about environmental disasters. In earlier incarnation of this blog, I used to write about environmental needs, yet moved away from it for reasons that may sound familiar: It didn’t seem that anyone was listening.

The story that came out of me was very bleak, but heartfelt. I felt confident in it even as I kept my expectations sanguine.

Want a go yourself? Get in before the deadline! There’s a small catch: This challenge requires exactly 100 words.

Worlds – A Dark Drabbles Anthology.

If “Worlds” doesn’t suit, take a look around their site for their other calls for submission.

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