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Trockle Hardcover – April 19, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (April 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979751322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979751325
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,519,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Between the comforting story written by Holly Jahangiri and the adorable illustrations by Jordan M. Vinyard, children will fall in love with Trockle, the little monster under the bed. Stephen doesn't like to go to bed because he knows a monster is underneath. Even when told that Monster Repellent was sprayed under the bed, he knows it didn't work. Under the bed, Trockle doesn't want to go to sleep because he's afraid of the huge monster above. Stephen's parents and Trockle's mom try to help their children no longer be afraid. The story and pictures will entertain both children and adults. --Trockle's blog

About the Author

Holly Jahangiri lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband J.J., daughter Katie, and son William. She has fond memories of her many years in Oklahoma, where she met and married her husband, earned two degrees from the University of Tulsa, and gave birth to her first child. Holly's career as a writer includes teaching, freelancing, role-laying game design, and technical writing. After being in the working world a while, she returned to earn her law degree. But after she graduated, she realized something she had almost forgot: she loves writing, and she's good at it. Though she is comfortable and confident when it comes to her writing, it still challenges and invigorates her. Holly has contributed her work to magazines, poetry anthologies, and short story collections. She is the author of several books, including a novel and countless technical manuals that do not bear her name. Trockle is her first children's book, but it is by no means her last. She is in no particular hurry to grow up.

More About the Author

Holly Jahangiri is a professional writer with over twenty years' experience in technical writing, freelancing, fiction, poetry, and editing. On a really good writing day, she claims (tongue-in-cheek) to be channeling the spirits of Edgar Allan Poe, Erma Bombeck, and O. Henry. On a really bad writing day, she claims to have poured every last ounce of her creative ability and energy into childbirth, and has two wonderful children - her son, William, and her daughter, Katie - to prove it. But regardless of whether it's a good day or a bad day, she's grateful for the love and support of her husband, J.J., who has put up with her for over a quarter of a century.

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What's that lurking under your bed? Have you ever thought it was a ghost or a monster? Did your Mom get out a can of Ghostbuster spray or Monster Repellent? At my house we called the can of spray the "Ghostbuster" because my four year old son believed there were ghosts in the closet or under his bed.

Like most young children Stephen's imagination gets the best of him as he finishes his bedtime snack. He is sure there is a monster under his bed. His Mom reassures him that she had used her reliable monster repellent just the week before, so there are not ANY monsters under his bed. Stephen is sure that this monster was not like the others. He even has a name, Trockle. And he snores! How can Stephen convince his parents this is one REAL MONSTER?

Meanwhile, amidst the dust bunnies, chocolate wrappers, and carpet fuzz Trockle is also getting ready for bed. He too is afraid to go to sleep because he believes there is a BIG monster over his bed. What else can be making the ceiling crack and squeak in the dark? His Mother held his fears as NONSENSE. How can Trockle convince his Mother this is one BIG MONSTER?

Stephen and Trockle can not stop thinking about each other as they are trying to go to sleep. What will they do next? Will they become friends or will Stephen's Mom get rid of Trockle once and for all?

Trockle and Stephen eventually work out their fear of each other with their parents' help and were comforted in knowing that neither the monster under the bed, nor the monster over the bed was going to eat them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Syed on September 21, 2008
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Being without children, but having more than fifteen years in the childcare industry, I've dealt with more than my fair share of bedtime monster issues. Even on a personal level. That's right, there were monsters under my bed. There may still be, but if so, in our minds we have learned to cohabitate peacefully.

TROCKLE is a really neat story that shows us in clear terms that not all monsters are bad, and that mom's are pretty much all the same no matter what species. Stephen has fears, but he also has a great mom who is will doing to do whatever it takes to ease those fears. Trockle, pretty much has the same issues, and a mom who is just as great.

Kids who fear monsters under the bed can really gain comfort from the soothing and loving words of the story as well as the gentle drawings. I give Stephen's story two thumbs up, and in Trockle's case, an enthusiastic "high three!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sally Pink Reviews on September 15, 2008
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"Trockle" is an engaging children's story that answers the age-old question, "Who's that lurking under the bed?" Jahangiri paints as vivid a picture with her words as Vinyard paints with her colors. Children of all ages will enjoy "Trockle."

Stephen is an everyday little boy who has one last snack and a glass of milk before bed. He brushes his teeth and savors his parent's hugs, but not even his mom's can of monster repellent will convince him that the monster under his bed is gone. His dad tries to tell Stephen the monster is only `socks and books,' but Stephen knows better. When his parents ask for the monster's name, Stephen has an answer - "Trockle." His parents give him a hug, reassure him he'll be okay, and leave.

Under the bed, shoes and pens start to rustle about. Trockle can't get to sleep. There was a monster over his bed! Trockle's mother tries to tell him there are no monsters over the bed, but Trockle knew better. The monster over the bed made the ceiling squeak and creak. He tried to describe the monster to his mother. Trockle's mother finally admitted to Trockle there wasn't a monster over the bed, but a little boy. In their sleep, both Trockle and Stephen wish each other good night.

Trockle was inspired by the bedtime stories the author would share with her son. The book is richly illustrated by Jordan Vinyard. Her wonderful drawings bring life and heart to Stephen and Trockle. Each character is unique, each page captures the reader's imagination.

The story is well paced and keenly plotted. The opening is one that young readers can identify with - the nerve racking nighttime ritual. Stephen's anxiety is one all children share with him. Haven't we thought there was a monster under the bed?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystalee Calderwood on September 14, 2008
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Trockle by Holly Jahangiri, published by 4RV Publishing, LLC, is the story of Stephen, a boy afraid of the monster under his bed, and Trockle, the monster afraid of the boy ABOVE his bed. Stephen and Trockle ultimately both learn that there's nothing to be afraid of at bedtime.

This very cute story by Holly Jahangiri is accompanied by delightful illustrations by Jordan Vinyard. Stephen and Trockle both come alive on the page in soft dialogue and soft illustrations. Sure to be a hit among youngsters who are afraid of the "monster under the bed," Trockle is a must have for every home.
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