4RV Publishing Holly Jahangiri
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Holly Jahangiri, a professional
writer with over twenty year's
experience in technical writing,
freelancing, and editing, has
several titles to her name.
On a good writing day, she claims
(tongue-in-cheek) to be
channeling the spirits of Edgar
Allan Poe, Erma Bombeck, and
On a bad writing day, she claims
to have poured every last ounce
of her creative ability and energy
into childbirth. She 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 is
grateful for the love and support
of J.J., her husband of over
Although Holly calls Houston
home, she has several ties to
Oklahoma: two degrees from the
University of Tulsa, a husband
found in the state, and a daughter
born in Tulsa.
Dealing with the Demon ...
and nine other short stories
Lost Souls, Restless Spirits
Hidden Lies and Other Stories
by Vivian Gilbert Zabel & Holly
Walking the Earth: Life's
Perspectives in Poetry
with poetry by Holly
by Holly Jahangiri
illustrated by Jordan M. Vinyard
A Puppy, Not a Guppy
by Holly Jahangiri
illustrated by Ryan Shaw
Copyright 4RV Publishing LLC. All rights reserved.
North Texas Book
April 19, 2008
see photos on
Book Review for “Trockle”
By: Holly Jahangiri
Illustrated by: Jordan Vinyard
4RV Publishing, LLC
“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
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? What sparkles about “Trockle” is
that now the monster under the bed has a face with real
feelings, emotions, and anxieties, just like the rest of us.
Jahangiri and Vinyard connect with readers not just on the
surface, but in their hearts.
The descriptions in the book are right on the mark.
Trockle, while sweet, looks like a monster. He’s got one
big eye and pimples all over. He loves to eat chocolate
from Chaco-Taco wrappers.
Young readers will enjoy reading Trockle on their own. It’
s the type of book children can share with a giggle and a
smile with their friends. For an extra touch, the back
cover of the book mirrors the front. Trockle is a sure-fire
~~ S.G. Cardin
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