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This monster story helps kids who feel left out

READERS’ FAVORITE 5-STAR REVIEW
“Becky Benishek’s The Squeezor is Coming! is suitably creepy and filled with gross and funny things that are guaranteed to make kids and their caregivers giggle with delight. It also sends a wonderful message to those kids, and there are an awful lot of them, who feel different or have trouble making friends.” -Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

What do you do when you just don’t fit in?

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The Squeezor is a monster who just wants to make friends. But all the other monsters think he looks too scary, so everyone runs away from him.

This makes the Squeezor very sad. How can he get everyone to stop judging him based on what he looks like, and see the big heart he has inside?

Then he gets an idea: It isn’t about what he wants, but what the other monsters need.

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Join the Squeezor in the town of Ghastly Gigapolis! The colorful illustrations (with surprises) will enchant each time you open the book, and the happy ending is sure to delight all big and little monsters.

My book comes in softcover and hardcover, and also in a dyslexic font version.

How to buy:

MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing (regular font)
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About the author (me!):

Becky Benishek has a B.A. degree in English, and is the author of several children’s books, including Hush, Mouse!, What’s At the End of Your Nose?, and Dr. Guinea Pig George. She loves to create stories that help children believe in themselves, and find the magic in ordinary things. Becky is married with guinea pigs.

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Post #24 of the holiday blogroll for participants in Indie Authors Monthly.

Our Default Negativity

“Our brains are wired to pick up negative things in the environment. It’s thought to be very adaptive from an evolutionary standpoint.” Source

If true, no wonder we are so easily prone to default to a negative interpretation about so many things, and why (as the article also suggests) we can hear 10 nice things and then Number 11 comes along and is negative and that’s the one we fixate on.

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Social media tends to bring out excessive negativity. You can post one thought about one topic, and it seems there’s always somebody who says, “But you didn’t ALSO talk about <Other Distantly Related Thing> at the same time! That must mean You Don’t Care About It.”

Or the other classic, “You must not know about Y since you only talked about X.”

Wouldn’t it be better to give someone, especially your friends, the benefit of the doubt? Never mind the fact that you were trying not to completely muddle the conversation you were trying to have, or trying to keep from derailing your point.

Like empathy, it takes an extra step or two of deliberate thinking to switch over to a different mindset than our norm.

Next time you see something you knee-jerk disagree with, see what happens when you try to look at it more positively. (And so will I.)