Advance Reviews for “Hush, Mouse!”

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


“Hush, Mouse! is an adorable story about a small, big-eared cat who no one sees, and her 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.


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

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


“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

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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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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.