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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The Squeezor is Coming!

“Capturing the hearts of little and big monster lovers, The Squeezor is Coming teaches two significant lessons: acceptance of others who are different and self-acceptance.” -Erica Graham, author of the Talking Tales series.

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Advance review by Erica Graham for “The Squeezor is Coming!”

“This wonderful story teaches two significant lessons: acceptance of others who are different and self-acceptance.” – Erica Graham

I’m overjoyed to present another advance review for The Squeezor is Coming!, from author Erica Graham.


The Squeezor is Coming Book Review

by Erica Graham

Sharp claws, frightening teeth, a town full of monsters, a party, and a strong lesson about acceptance, The Squeezor is Coming introduces children to a monster named the Squeezor, a gentle monster who only desires to share hugs.

However, the other monsters in Ghastly Gigapolis do not see him this way. They are terrified of his fangs and sharp claws, believing that his sole intention is surely to bring them harm. They run and hide from the Squeezor leaving him lonely and isolated. The Squeezor is left to reflect on their reactions as he questions what to do.

This wonderful story teaches two significant lessons: acceptance of others who are different and self-acceptance. The author has brilliantly brought Ghastly Gigaoplis to life with the characters and the world she has created. These descriptions are further exaggerated through monstrously vibrant illustrations.

Capturing the hearts of little and big monster lovers, The Squeezor is Coming illustrates the most important lesson is to stay true to yourself.

Thank you so much, Erica, for your wonderful review. I am so glad you and your family enjoyed it!

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