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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Please Consider Reviewing That Book

Today this review came in for Dr. Guinea Pig George. If you ever think authors don’t read their reviews, we really, really do!

Reviews mean the world to indie authors, because it’s just us out there trying to make a difference, no marketing team, no publishing house funds.

Reviews let us know that the part of ourselves we put into our stories has found a home.

When you review, you make somebody’s day a hundredfold. Barbara here just made mine.


This Is Why Writers Love Reviews

Why do writers love reviews?

It’s even more personal than wanting to know what our story meant to you. It’s all wrapped in that part of ourselves that got into our story in the first place.

In a convoluted way, this is what we want to know: What did you think of what we gave of ourselves?*


A discerning reviewer

We’d keep our writing to ourselves if we didn’t want to know. It would all be in secret diary form, or with instructions to be burned upon death, or written and erased the instant after.

Not that some of our writing isn’t destined for such gloomy fates.

Regardless, I do think that writing happens when we stop talking about writing. All the “I’m going to” and “I need to” are just ways to buy time. Sometimes, even our own creativity frightens us, because it feels that powerful.

Writing happens when we forget about the “I” in the back of our heads and just let it flow. And yet at that moment (however fleeting or endless), we’re never more ourselves.

And that’s what we want to give to you.

I received this review recently. A high school friend had bought both of my children’s books for his daughter.

He posted a picture on Facebook of his daughter looking gleefully happy with my books in her hands, with this caption:

“New favorites. I mentioned that ‘I went to school with the lady that wrote these books,’ and now she insists that I read the ‘About The Author’ pages at the end as well.”

Wow. New favorites.

That’s a secret, hardly-spoken hope right there. And I never would have even guessed at this had he not told me about it.

So if you read something that moved you, and you have a chance to review it, please do! It means more than you may realize.

Since I’m here, and speaking of books… 🙂

What’s at the End of Your Nose? offsets the frequent “I’m bored!” cry with presenting another look at the world around us, discovering adventure and magic right in front of our noses. Starring Sidney Snail, this book also doubles as a coloring book.

Dr. Guinea Pig George really does think he’s a doctor–and it’s a good thing he does, for he follows his own little nose through a perilous adventure! In full color.


All copyright 2016 Becky Benishek


*Disclaimer: I am not, of course, speaking for all writers everywhere. #NotAllWriters