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Sunday, 5 October 2008
Trockle Wants You to Win!!!
Topic: Book Review
Not long ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Trockle, the little monster that lives under Steven's bed.  This is Trockle:

I had the chance to read Trockle's story, written by Holly Jahangiri. Here is the wonderful cover, created by Jordan Vinyard (she does all the illustrations for the book):

Trockle is a book I wish had been around when my son was younger.  I tried monster stay-away, songs, funny stories, music--but the monsters came back night after night.  This book, written in a fresh style shows how much Trockle and Steven are alike.  Knowing that the monsters living under the bed like Choco-Tacos and sleep in dirty socks is sure to make even the most nervous child and fall asleep unafraid. 

Holly Jahangiri writes with a true understanding of what children can relate to.  Her wonderful imagination brings to life one of the most precious monsters I have ever known.  Ms. Vinyard does an excellent job bringing Trockle to life in pictures.  These two women have a way of bringing out the best in each other.  I look forward to more of their work.

For anyone with children or grandchildren, this is a must-have addition to your bedtime story collection.  It is destined to become a classic among children's picture books.

This fine-looking monstress (is that a word?)to the left is Trockle's mom.  She is the one who helped Trockle understand who the monster above his bed was so he could feel safe.  She wanted me to let you know about some free gifts you can get by simply leaving Trockle or her a question in the comment section.  She also wants me to announce a contest, so here goes:

Everyone who leaves a question or comment for Trockle or his mom (and an email address) will receive both a book of pumpkin-carving templates and a book of Halloween coloring sheets to print out.

In addition, here is a contest you won't want to miss:

Grand Prize: A customized Halloween short story featuring your child (or grandchild, niece, nephew, or friend) with Trockle - written by Holly Jahangiri and illustrated by Jordan Vinyard.

Second Prize:

 A $20 gift certificate to

To enter, complete the following steps:

(1) Purchase a copy of Trockle directly from 4RV Publishing   between 12:00 AM October 5 and 11:59 PM October 13,


(2) Send an email to with your answer to the question posted at

You may enter as often as you like, but all completed entries must be received before midnight on October 13!

Winners will be announced at and at

The winners will be chosen randomly from all correctly completed entries (see "To enter" above) and winners will be notified by email.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Grand Prize winner will need to work directly with the author and illustrator to create a memorable gift for that special child. To include the child's likeness in the illustration, you will need to provide a digital photo upon notification that you have won. Every effort will be made to deliver the prize prior to Halloween, but circumstances beyond our control may prevent that and we do not guarantee that it will arrive  by October 31.

Please return tomorrow to find out where else Trockle will be visiting--every stop you visit gives you another chance to find out the answer to the contest question!  You will also want to come by and see what Trockle and his Mom have to say to your questions!!!

Posted by joyceanthony at 5:57 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 5 October 2008 7:44 PM EDT
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Sunday, 5 October 2008 - 8:46 AM EDT

Name: "Trockle"
Home Page:


Good morning, Ms. Joyce. Hey, I like it here. You are always so nice to me. I hope no one asks me a hard question, like, "What is 8 times 7?" I still have trouble with that one. Stephen has it easy. He has ten fingers. I only have this many...

Anyway, hi everybody! 

Sunday, 5 October 2008 - 11:50 AM EDT

Name: "Holly Jahangiri"
Home Page:

Joyce and others seem to have been hit with blog boogymen this weekend. I have no trouble reading this or commenting on it (if it helps, I'm running XP with Firefox) but others have said the page only loads halfway before ads start taking over. (I'm just seeing the usual Google ads at the top; I'm thinking maybe someone's been hittin' the Spyware jug and sharing too liberally...but I run pretty good protection. Surf safe, folks.) 

If you're having trouble, c'mon over to and leave a message for Joyce. You can still ask questions of the Trockles and we'll copy them back over here just as soon as the boogymen are banished!


Sunday, 5 October 2008 - 1:15 PM EDT

Name: "Vivian"
Home Page:

When I clicked on comments, the page loaded very slowly, but did load completely.


I think the illustrations of Trockle and his mom are so cute. I like the idea presented in the book that being different is okay, even if you only have three fingers polished green on each hand.



Sunday, 5 October 2008 - 3:32 PM EDT

Name: "Elysabeth"
Home Page:

I finally got to read the posting but the margins are messed up I had to copy and paste into a wordpad document to read it without having to bottom scroll across the screen. 

 Good word.  I like it - Monstress.

 So my question to Trockle's mama is this - how did you know about the boy on the bed?  Why weren't you afraid of the boy or the boy's mother with them being way bigger than you?  Is there a Mr. Monster-under-the-bed?  Do you have a name? 

 Wow - one question turned into four.  Sorry but inquiring minds would like to know. 

Elysabeth Eldering

Sunday, 5 October 2008 - 3:40 PM EDT

Name: "Ron Berry"
Home Page:

Tis good to see Trockle running through the blogs again! I had to open this with firefox but I got here. I'll follow this tour almost anywhere (I stop at every doughnut shop though). Trockle visits my blog and all my kids are, well, part of the big peoples world. So, I'll leave the contest entries alone and give others a chance. 



Sunday, 5 October 2008 - 4:00 PM EDT

Name: "Trockles Mom"
Home Page:

Oh, my. Thrust into the spotlight - it's kind of bright out here!

I'm so proud of my little Trockle Pie, though, I don't mind answering your questions at all! Monstress...hmm.  I suppose that's better than "monstrous"!

How did I know about the boy on the bed? Oh, goodness - do you think I'd let my little Trockle sleep under a bed inhabited by a great big OGRE? No offense to ogres, but they play rough and don't look where they're stepping. They also tend to shove all sorts of disgusting things under their beds, but I think we'd better not talk about that here - there might be children reading.

We monsters always check to be sure we're living under a safe, well-mannered child.  Adults snore too loudly, and unruly children who don't listen to their parents turn ours into unruly monsters that no one wants to have in their home, let alone under their bed. They're a terrible influence.

I wasn't afraid of the boy or the boy's mother - are you afraid of an elephant? I know what kind of people they are; I see how kind and well-mannered their son is. Are you afraid of cars? You teach your children to look both ways and be careful when crossing the street, because cars are BIG and FAST, right? Not mean or vicious. I taught Trockle to wait until everyone was asleep to come out and play with Stephen's toys. And he's to be very careful not to break anything Stephen hasn't already broken. He always puts things back exactly the way he found them.

Of course there's a Daddy Trockle. Stephen hears him scurrying through the walls on his wait down to raid the kitchen pantry. His mother tells him it's just the hot water heater refilling.

Do I have a name? Oh, my - I've been Mom or Mama for so long it seems strange to say it. It's a bit difficult for some people to pronounce: Gurgelda. Grrrrr-gell-dah. Even harder than "Jahangiri," don't you think?


Sunday, 5 October 2008 - 4:03 PM EDT

Name: "Trockle"
Home Page:

Don't you have any grandchildren yet, Mr. Ron? I mean...

...I know, Mom...

You don't look old enough to have grandchildren, but if your children are all growed up, wouldn't they like to go trick-or-treating with me?

Monday, 6 October 2008 - 10:15 AM EDT

Name: "Beverly"
Home Page:

I finally get to read this. Last night it wouldn't load on my laptop. It's fine today on my desktop. Anyhow, I still love Trockle and am anxious to read his story, as soon as my life settles somewhat, after Muse and other stuff.



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