My Interview with Trockle

by Noah T., age 6

Do you have to eat vegetables?

I wish! Brussels sprouts and carrots look yummy. You human kids have all the luck. I don’t understand why Stephen groans when his mom makes him eat vegetables. Mom says they’re not good for my bumpy orange skin. She only lets me eat fuzz-covered candy, melted bits of chocolate, metal toys, and plastic. She says they’re good for making snaggly, sharp teeth.

Do you ride skateboards?


Do you ride bikes on two wheels?

No, but I did ride around on Stephen’s remote controlled Monster Truck, once! That was fun.

Do you like any kind of sports like soccer or baseball or hockey?

No, but Stephen likes baseball. Sometimes I curl up in his glove and he mistakes me for the ball.

Do you have any pets?

I do, but don’t tell mom. I have three silverfish, a cockroach, and a housefly.

Do you have to go to school? What’s it like?

School?  What’s school? Is that the place that Stephen goes every morning on the big yellow bus?

How old are you?

I’m this many. Trockle holds up all the fingers of one hand.

How old is Stephen?

He’s this many. Trockle holds up both hands and wiggles all his fingers.

What will you use for a blanket if Stephen cleans his room? The sock will get washed.

There are always dirty socks under Stephen’s bed. But Mom also made me a pile of carpet fuzz and there’s always Stephen’s baseball glove.

Where can I get that Monster Repellant?

Why do you want that stuff? That’s just icky. And mean. Not that it works, you know, but why would you want to get rid of us?

Do you want a sleepover at my house? I have lots of dirty socks and dust bunnies under my bed.

Okay! That sounds like fun! Can Stephen come, too? Do you know how to play Battleship? Do you have Choco-Tacos? Can we stay up all night watching monster movies?

 The End.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing for a Trockle canvas bag! –Noah’s mom

P.S…add your e-mail address to the comment so we know how to contact you if you win!

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41 comments for “My Interview with Trockle

  1. September 18, 2008 at 7:52 am

    I’m so glad I got to see this before I left. Thank you, Susan, Noah, and Trockle.

    I’ll be back tonight.

  2. Lea
    September 18, 2008 at 8:03 am

    If you’re looking for more pets, I am sure Daisy, my puppy, will be more than happy to give you a couple of her worms that she loves to drag around the yard.

    Great interview. Truly enjoyed the questions. Now we know all about you, Trockle.

  3. September 18, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Noah, you have done a delightful job. We now know about Trockle after finding out about Holly and Jordan all week. Thank you for hosting us this week.

    Trockle, how did you not get seen in the Monster Truck or in the glove? How did you get mistaken for the ball? If your skin is orange and bumpy, wouldn’t it be easy to see that you weren’t a ball or that you were joy riding in a truck?

    More questions for Trockle – lol – thanks for doing this – E 🙂

  4. Roxann
    September 18, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Excellent interview. I gained insight into Trockle’s personality. Plus it it so cute!

  5. September 18, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Super cute interview!

    Why would anyone want rid of such a cute monster?


  6. Trockle
    September 18, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Hi, everyone! Hi, Noah! Noah, that was fun – thank you for interviewing me. I had half a Fudge Sundae Pop-Tart for breakfast! What did you have?

    Elysabeth (can I call you E? do you know how long it takes to type “Elysabeth” with three fingers?), I like to sneak out and play with Stephen’s toys while he’s gone. He goes out – I guess that’s to school – on this big yellow bus every morning. Then I have the whole day to play with his trucks and cars and stuff.

    I don’t like his Furby, though. And that Tickle Me Elmo thing he used to have was just freaky. I thought it was one of my cousins who came to visit. Mom laughed and said it was just a toy, but it scared me.

    Stephen has a bright orange bumpy basketball and if I curl up real tight, I look just like it. (He knows about me, now, you know.) He felt kind of bad when I went bouncing down the hall and rolled down the stairs, but I thought it was funny. Wheeeeeeeeeee!!

  7. September 18, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Trockle, you are too cute for your own good. I think Furbys are scary too. I didn’t like them when they first came out. I haven’t seen one in years.

    To you young monster, it is Ms. E. – lol – be respectful of your elders whether they be human adults or monster adults – lol –

    Thanks for stopping by and filling us in on more about you, Trockle. – E 🙂

  8. September 18, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Eeeek! I’m so sorry, Ms. E! (Mom says I turn a weird purplish green with bumpy orange spots when I blush, and right now I am blushing right down to my toes.) Ms. Holly says she won’t let me use the PC again unless I behave. She sat me on top of this thing called “Emily Post’s Etiquette.” I can finally see over the edge of the desk! Yay!

  9. September 18, 2008 at 10:20 am

    That’s such a cute interview conducted by your son! 🙂 How fun was that?!

  10. September 18, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I loved this interview. Thank you, Noah, Trockle and Susan for bringing this to us.

    I’d love to see Trockle riding around on the Monster Truck, but I agree, those Tickle Me Elmo’s can be scary.

  11. Jordan
    September 18, 2008 at 10:25 am

    What a darling idea! I am so glad that Noah asked Trockle those questions. Good job, Noah!

    You are becoming quite the star. I hope that Holly, I mean Mrs. H can keep up with your little antics.

  12. September 18, 2008 at 10:28 am

    The little monster won’t let me get a word in edgewise, this morning! He’s a quick learner, though – he is just typing up a storm. In between comments here, he’s playing with a typing tutorial that lets him shoot down aliens every time he gets … hey, wait a second, he’s just as hooked on video games and cartoons as my son is! Anyway, he’s getting pretty good at using the PC!

  13. September 18, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Trockle, I wish I had an underside of the bed for you to visit. You’d have a ton of cat fur and socks!

  14. September 18, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Ms. Dana, Mom wants to know if you can send her the cat fur. She’s been wanting to make a fur coat, but Stephen isn’t allowed to have a pet. “Is it a long-haired cat?” she wants to know.

  15. Jordan
    September 18, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Trockle certainly seems to have a good time. He seems to have a lot of the same interests as my cat, Mrs. McSkeetlebaum. She also likes socks, hanging out under the bed, and playing with…well her own fur.
    I feel like Trockle is really starting some trends.

  16. September 18, 2008 at 11:36 am


    Great interview, Noah! Glad to see Trockle hanging out as well.

  17. September 18, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Very cute interview! It’s a pleasure to meet you, Trockle. May I shake your cute little three-fingered hand?

  18. Liz
    September 18, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    What a fabulous interview, I can not wait to share Trockle’s adventure’s with Hooper. And I have a sneaking suspicion I can get his big brother Josh to read it to him.

  19. September 18, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Ya’ll don’t forget to visit the other tour stop and leave a comment there. Joyce Anthony has written up a teaser synopsis as well. She will be bringing Trockle to us over the next four days (that includes today). Send all your friends to any of the previous tour stops as well. You will learn a little bit more about both Holly and Jordan as well as Trockle along the way.

    The full tour schedule is up at Vivian’s multiple site: -may have to scroll a bit before finding it, but it is there. Just in case anyone wants to go back and read the postings from the previous five days.

    Each stop is offering a unique look at everyone involved in the book. So tell everyone you know who may have an “under the bed monster” they want to get rid of. See you all in the postings. – E 🙂

  20. September 18, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Yes, Ms. Joyce interviewed me, too!! She is a very nice grown-up and didn’t treat me like a baby monster at all. I had fun there. She talked to Stephen, too. I wonder what HE said about me? Do you think he admitted to being scared of me? He tries, now, to pretend like he wasn’t. I know I was afraid of HIM!

  21. Susan
    September 18, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    I’m glad you’re all here! Whew, I don’t think my blog has ever seen so much action. I’ll put out more coffee, tea, and Choco-Tacos right away.

  22. September 18, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    You better put out some milk for the kids (your son, who did a wonderful interview and Stephen and William too). This is what happens when you host a cute little monster – you get lots of visitors. I think we are definitely have a good day so far. Thank you, Susan for having Trockle and his team of supporters. – E 🙂

  23. September 18, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Great interview. I love Trockle.

  24. September 18, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    *drags herself to computer* Wow! Everyone seems to be having lots of fun. I’m so glad.

    I hope people are leaving email addresses where we can find them. Without an email address, no way to find out mailing address if someone wins the tote bag later.

    Hmmm … it’s not everyone one who has an adopted little grandmonster. Aren’t I the lucky Granny?

  25. September 18, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Well done, Noah. I feel like I know Trockle so much better now. I wasn’t expecting him to want to eat vegetables.

  26. September 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I see the creativity is flowing around the internet. I just can’t wait for Friday.

  27. Amygdalia
    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    That was the CUTEST interview EVER!!! Trockle is welcome to come check out the dirty socks under my monkey’s bed any time. No choco-tacos, but we DO have Battleship!

  28. September 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    *wonders how well a Trockle stuffed toy would sell*

  29. September 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    YES!! I love Battleship! (And Mom told me I can’t nibble on the extra pieces, but YUM…)

    Ms. Viv, you’re not…going…to…STUFF me, are you?? Eeeeeeeeeeek!!!

  30. September 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Oh, no, not stuff YOU, Trockle, just have a toy made that “looks” like you. That way everyone can have a Trockle to hug.

  31. Susan
    September 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    From Noah T.

    Trockle: I had Lucky Charms for breakfast. When can you sleep over?

    Vivian: I want a stuffed Trockle toy, please.

  32. September 18, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Susan, do you want to come up with a method to choose the winner later this evening, or do you want me to, or do you or Noah want to choose a number between 1 – 30?

  33. Dana
    September 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I loved the interview and simply, I love you, Trockle!

    Viv, I look forward to receiving a copy of the book on Saturday. Would you also bring a copy of your new novel, Midnight Hours? Would you kindly sign it to my mom, Judy…Saturday is her birthday…Thank you.

  34. September 18, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Will do, Dana. I already have Trockle in my bag for Saturday, will add MH. Thanks.

  35. Susan
    September 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Viv, you can figure it out. Roll the virtual dice or something. Could you do it as late as possible though? My lovely SIL sent out an e-mail to a bunch of people this afternoon, and I’m hoping they get a chance to stop by. I’m taking my getting better but still achey brakey back to bed early tonight.

    *sets out more refreshments*

    Enjoy the party everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

  36. Jacque
    September 18, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I loved the interview Noah. I would have to give you an “A” for interview technique if you were in my speech class. I am loving to get better acquainted with Trockle. He gets more lovable every day.
    PS: Put me down for a Trockle Toy. He can sleep in my gym sock under my bed too. Will he have time to take all his sleepover invitations?

  37. September 18, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Today’s winner on this blog stop is *drum roll* Amber. I’ve emailed her and as soon as I’m told where to send it, she’ll get her tote in the mail.

    Thank you, Susan and Noah. This stop has been a lot of fun.

  38. Grandma Marsha
    September 18, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Noah ,what a great job you did on this interview. I think I have seen your friend Trockle under my bed.
    Love you.

  39. September 18, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I should have Noah ask all the questions on my blog. He’s very good at asking just the right ones. And my guess is that Trockle would be as well. I wonder if Trockle has ever encountered a Mr. Potato Head. I would think that might be scary. Hopefully, Stephen keeps it out of sight.

  40. September 19, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Noah, thank you for making this such a fun day for my little monster, Trockle! He had a blast, here. He would love to have a sleepover under your bed (he wants to know if you can make a tent and bring a flashlight and some marshmallows and tell spooky stories). Listen for him – he snores.

    Susan, thanks so much for having us here today! I had fun, too. 😉 Your son and my monster make quite a team.

  41. PapaLee
    September 22, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Susan and Noah, Noah, those were great questions, I use to have empty socks and dustballs under my bed – Maybe I still do- I’ll check tonight. See you soon. Love

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