The Squeezor is Coming!

Children - Social Issues
42 Pages
Reviewed on 11/03/2018
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Author Biography

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

"The Squeezor is Coming!" was inspired by her belief that all monsters need hugs. The Squeezor is also available in dyslexic font to help kids (and adults!) with dyslexia read with ease.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Squeezor is Coming! is a children’s picture book written by Becky Benishek and illustrated by Matt Fiss. Life for the Squeezor was sad and lonely. No one dared go near the monster whose sharp fangs and claws seemed to scare everyone away, and no one ever wanted to be hugged by his wrap-around-you-twice arms. When he went into Ghastly Gigapolis to do his shopping, all the inhabitants would go into hiding. They’d watch, terror-stricken, from behind closed doors and peek out through the slats in cellar doors. Poor Squeezor. He was so lonely and just wanted a friend or two. He spent hours reading self-improvement books, but nothing seemed to work. Then he had a thought as he was looking at his grandmother’s portrait. Maybe it wasn’t about him after all? The next time he went into town, he went into his favorite shop, and something really amazing happened.

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. 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. Heck, if The Squeezor can make friends, why not that kid in the corner? The Squeezor is Coming! is most highly recommended.

Bruce Arrington

The Squeezor is Coming! by Becky Benishek is a short, fully illustrated children’s book about acceptance. Our main character, The Squeezor, is lonely because no one will trust him. He looks scary as anything, and there are some other annoying features that make him an outcast. After some self-reflection, he finds ways to help others and finally they come to trust and even like him.

The art is colorful, cute, detailed, and definitely for younger readers, but it’s the message that I found to be inspiring. So we have this person who looks odd and, frankly, offends people by the way he acts. He feels a little sad but doesn’t drown in self pity. Instead he tries to find out the things about himself that may be offensive to others and shows his willingness to change. This is, of course, a first step for an outcast who wants friends. And as shown in the book, opportunities arise for The Squeezor to help others, without expecting anything in return. This shows his kindness and makes him suddenly different in their eyes. And of course they cannot wait to tell their friends what The Squeezor did for them.

I see the second lesson as put yourself forward, do something nice for someone without expectations, which of course for this age group can be hard. But The Squeezor is Coming! by Becky Benishek shows that he perseveres and eventually finds that people look forward to seeing him. This story is highly recommended for young readers, especially for those who find acceptance by others as a challenge.

Joel R. Dennstedt

There are monsters, and there are monsters. In The Squeezor is Coming, written by Becky Benishek with artwork provided by Matt Fiss, there are monsters who are afraid of monsters. At least, they are afraid of one monster. Probably not so much because of those “curved horns,” “frightfully fanged grin,” or even the “chillingly sharp claws.” Nope. It’s those “wrap-around-you-twice arms!” And 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. And it is just this universal, if buried, ambivalent experience that makes reading this meant-for-children book so delightful, and its message so very clear. How to make people like you, is the question. Or, more important, how to make them let you show them you like them back. This book provides marvelous answers to both.

Becky Benishek and Matt Fiss team up superbly in The Squeezor is Coming to demonstrate the perils of such a monstrous need to share affection, the greatest of which is misinterpreting intentions. In these days, that is not a lightweight problem. One cannot just go around hugging willy-nilly. Trust must be established. And that is what The Squeezor proceeds to do, albeit with a wonderful lack of any ingratiating self-interest or specific agenda. He just wants to help. 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?