“Hank is a hungry monster who never gets full. But Hank isn’t hungry for food. He’s hungry for power”.
Hank represents OCD, and the obsessions and compulsions parts of the illness, are portrayed, in the books, as a “game’ that Hank likes to play.
Hank's name means ‘home ruler’, which is very apt given that OCD if left untreated, can indeed rule the whole home.
Hank’s character moves into the heads of vulnerable children, prone to suffer from extreme anxiety, and starts playing his OCD games with them.
“Trixie loves her job. Trixie helps children to magic away bad thoughts”.
Trixie, the Treat Monster, was created to symbolise how powerful distraction methods can be when treating OCD.
She, too, loves playing games and likes to win!
She decides to take on Hank, in his latest game, by swapping Hank’s intrusive thoughts with happier and more appealing ones instead, in the form of tasty treats.
The author decided on the name Trixie as it means “she who brings happiness,” which is what she does for Leo, another of Hank’s victims when she helps distract his OCD thoughts.