The Pressing Monster

C. Fulsty

Book Cover

GENRE

CHILDREN'S OTHER

    Core Theme

    A ROBOT STRUGGLES TO FIND OUT WHY HE IS NOT INTERESTED ANYMORE IN THINGS HE ONCE LOVED. HE FINDS OUT THERE IS A MONSTER INSIDE OF HIM PRESSING A PRESSING A BLUE BUTTON.

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

    CHARACTER LIST

    DEP. ROBOT. LEAD. ADVENTUROUS, ENGAGING, DEPRESSIVE, SAD.

    BOAR. REALIZES THERE IS A MONSTER INSIDE DEP. HELPFUL, FRIENDLY.

    PRESSING MONSTER. IS INSIDE DEP PRESSING A BLUE BUTTON. NICE, NAIVE.

    Logline

    The Pressing Monster follows a robot as it struggles with interests it once loved. With a low battery, faked smiles, and no happiness, Dep doesn't know what to do. One day, a boar notices that the robots back door is open and there is a little monster inside.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 6 and under,7-12

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Mostly in the woods, but also near ponds and in the mountains. No specific location.

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Self-published

    Year Published: 2021

    Starting Description

    Rolling through the woods during a windy, fall day, Dep goes to look at fish in a pond and climb a mountain. Those are his favorite things to do, but he wants to climb a tree, which he's never done. After a couple failed attempts, something feels wrong with Dep.

    Ending Description

    Dep comes across a boar that points out its back door is ajar. Dep and boar hear something inside of Dep and realize there's a monster singing inside of it. Dep asks the monster to leave, which he does because he's a nice monster. The monster didn't realize he was hurting Dep.

    Group Specific

    Mental Health - Depression

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    9798517093967

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Dep

    Age: Unknown - Young

    Gender: Other

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Empathetic,Flexible,Lone Wolf,Modest,Aspiring,Confident,Desperate

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    Development Pitch

    How To Train Your Dragon was a great movie which inspired kids to be who they are. Great music, great characters, and a great adventure. I see The Pressing Monster being in that same category of a fun, engaging, adventure to inspire kids with a message that even parents can connect with. Mental Health has been a growing concern lately and isn't going away. I feel my book could be groundwork for a long adventure adaptation of a robot battling with an internal/external struggle. It could teach kids and parents that depression isn't something to fear, but it's something to try and understand. The same way that the monster in the book is a cute monster that didn't mean to hurt anyone, it was just pressing a big blue button that was memorizing. From crisp, fall days, to ponds full of fun fish, and chilly, snowy mountain tops, this adaptation could go anywhere. Add in that adventurous music and some comedy here and there and I think this could be a newer adventure adaptation for kids to get excited for and enjoy. Based off of a book just like How To Train Your Dragon.

    Genre

    COMEDY

    Brief

    Dep is a robot who lost interest in things he once loved. One day a boar realizes there is a monster inside of the robot pressing a blue button. Dep asks the monster to leave, and he does so because he is a good monster and didn't realize he was hurting Dep.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: EXCELLENT

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Book profile reflects book accurately.

    Draw of Story

    The story is endearing because it talks about depression in a very candid manner.

    Possible Drawbacks

    Nothing made me want to put the book down.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    I would watch this movie because it portrays in a ludic manner an important subject such as depression, and it can be meaningful not only to children but also adults who deal with it and encourage people to look for help.

    Fanbase Potential

    It could surely have a large fanbase because of the importance of discussing mental health with young people and because it deals with it in a light but also direct manner.

    Awards Potential

    It could sure have awards potential as it this is a subject that is hard to be dealt with and this storyline is able to be direct, responsible and also respectful to such a delicate subject.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

    What’s New About the Story

    The original thing about this story is the metaphor that explains but also simplifies in a direct manner how depression settles in. In order to make it more unique, story could be developed in more detail to portray how this may happen.

    Lead Characters

    Dep is engaging, adventurous and also relatable; even though he doesn't seem be attracted to things he used to love, he keeps the same interests and is wondering what is wrong with him, as it may happen to anyone.

    Uniqueness of Story

    It could be improved in terms of character arc and storylines, maybe adding up a drive for the first attempts of the robot (why does he want to climb the tree?), more details in the situations he is put on and other types of feelings that may be triggered by depression.

    Possible Formats

    Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Network, Cable, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    Story could be considered because the theme and premise are amazing, main theme is important and timely, however story could use more development in order to stand out.

    Brief

    Dep is a robot who lost interest in things he once loved. One day a boar realizes there is a monster inside of the robot, pressing a blue button. Dep asks the monster to leave, and he does so because he is a good monster and didn't realize he was hurting Dep.

    What We Liked

    This story is engaging because it brings along, in an endearing and ludic manner, a difficult subject to be discussed with children which is mental health and depression.

    Film: It would be a good adaptation for film because the protagonist, Dep the robot, may be a way of portraying feelings in a more objective and ludic manner to children, and this story's arc is solid when it comes to how depression settles in and how it can be dealt with.

    TV: This narrative would be a great adaptation for TV because episodes may enable children to understand, name and deal with their own feelings.

    Key points: Relatable protagonist; important theme (mental health); helps children deal with depression; portrays feelings in a ludic manner.

    Synopsis

    Dep is a robot that is adventurous and loves to be outdoors, climbing mountains and watching lakes full of fish. He also has one wish: climbing a tree.

    He tries it two times but he is unable to, and when he falls, in the second try, his back door opens, as he is warned by a red bird.

    Dep shuts the door but begins to feel different, as he is not able to enjoy the things he used to love anymore. He feels sad.

    Dep tries to keep his smile, but he can't help but feeling blue. That is when a boar warns him there is a monster inside of him.

    They find a monster singing and pressing a shiny blue button inside Dep. Dep asks the monster to stop and he promptly does so, as he is nice and only was doing that because he didn't realize he was hurting Dep.

    Dep then becomes himself again, climbing trees with his monster friend, and telling readers to talk to someone if they feel there is a monster inside of them.

    About The Author

    C. Fulsty is a self-published author and illustrator living in Colorado, USA. He started his journey with a "How To" book from Barnes & Noble which led him to self-publish, currently, twelve rhyming Picture Books. He has more in the works and doesn't plan to stop anytime soon. C. Fulsty also loves hockey, movies, and good food. He believes his best attributes are being a deep thinker, a joker, happy, and sympathetic. Aside from working as an electrical apprentice as his day job, writing children's books is his dream job and he hopes that one day he'll only need to work his dream job and be able to inspire the next generation of kids.