The Squeezor is on Goodreads’s Top 50 reviews this week!

UPDATE: Since posting this, the Squeezor reached the Top 50 Reviews for the Month in the US!

Oh. My. Gosh. I’m SO in love with this one. . .from cover to cover. . .an absolutely perfect read!” – Miranda Reads, top Goodreads reviewer

I am completely gobsmacked and grateful at the same time.

Top reviewer, Miranda Reads, got ahold of The Squeezor is Coming! and I am so very glad she did.

Not only did she write a lovely, thoughtful, personally exhilarating review, but her review put the Squeezor on the Top 50 Reviews list.

The contents of this link will most likely be changed when you click it, but I have this handy screenshot for posterity.

And you can read her full review right here. Please give it a like as well!


Thank you so much, Miranda!

Shop Small Every Day!


Want to support a (very) small business and ensure that some of your hard-earned money goes to a quality product made with homegrown love and passion?

That’s how I feel about my children’s books. It’s taken me years to get to this point, and I’m so grateful for the help and support I’ve received all along the way.

Whether the child or children in your life are going through something big, or just love to look at monsters and critters drawn with detail and care, please consider shopping small with me for the holidays and any day!

The Squeezor is Coming!

This story is for everyone who ever felt misunderstood, not accepted, or just too different to make friends easily. My big-hearted monster shows kids and adults the power of empathy and looking past appearances.

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What’s At the End of Your Nose?

Let Sidney Snail make “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!” disappear. Watch your kids take a closer look at the amazing world right in front of their noses as Sidney leads them through his very unexpected day.  They can also color in his world!

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Dr. Guinea Pig George

This fluffy brown guinea pig proves that he’s more than just a household pet when he joins Person George on his house calls. And if guinea pig George can think he’s a doctor, any child should believe in his or her dreams!

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I’m thankful for my publisher, and for Amazon with its CreateSpace (RIP!) and Kindle programs that help independent authors like me realize our dreams.

You can find other small businesses right in my rolling list of indie authors with a variety of books. More books will be added as we close out November and head into December. They’re sure to please any palate, and don’t forget to gift yourself something, too!


Readers’ Favorite Starred Reviews for “The Squeezor is Coming!”


I am very grateful to have received not one, not two, but three five-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite.

When you send your story out into the world, you think you’re ready for it: You’ve put your best efforts into it, knowing all along that you can’t please everybody and you have to be okay with that; you’ve looked at it so many, many times, scouring for the least little typo or unfortunate nuance that could mar the experience. You know you, your beta readers, your editors, and your publisher could still have missed something.

But all along, through the exhaustion and the energy, you’ve got that desire to get your work OUT THERE. And you’re not going to let anything get in the way.

You still want people to like it, though! So I was hoping the reviewers would at least find the story appealing; despite knowing how awesome Readers’ Favorite can be, I still didn’t expect such a warm, thoughtful, insightful response.

Here are excerpts. The full review page is on their site.

“Far too many kids feel as unlovable as the Squeezor, and this story is for them. Benishek’s droll and humorous story will please everyone in the room and maybe especially those adults who are still kids at heart. Matt Fiss’s brilliantly grotesque illustrations make this book one to linger over and read again and again and again. Literally. It’s that good.” – Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

“This story is highly recommended for young readers, especially for those who find acceptance by others as a challenge.” –Bruce Arrington for Readers’ Favorite

“If you do not at least subliminally relate to the dreadful fear of imminent suffocation due to early and abundant familial displays of engulfing hugsmanship, well, then you’ve never been a child. With professional writing and exquisite illustrations, a universal truth and message come to life through the graces of a monster. And if monsters can make friends with monsters, what’s not left for which to hope?” –Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite

Here’s that link again for the full reviews and more on my Readers’ Favorite review page. Feel free to leave a comment there, too!

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