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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1 week left to enter your book into the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest

Contest deadline: May 1, 2018.

I went for this last year. I didn’t win, but that was all right—I enjoyed the books that did, and overall, I believe it’s a fair shot. I certainly appreciated the free, 5-star reviews they gave my current two books!

So. . .to enter this year, that is the question!

Here are all the details you need. There is a fee.

There are also extras:

Check out the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Contest Winners!

Here’s the full list (click all the dropdowns) of contest winners in all categories! I was not one of them this year, but I am looking forward to reading some of those awesome titles.

Congratulations to all winners, honorable mentions, and finalists! –And to everyone who took a chance and entered. It was a pretty cool experience.

Here’s what’s next for me: The SCBWI Book Stop promotion.