"A delightful and charming story.  The illustrations are bright and colorful with interesting activities to share.  Fun to read as well as having a lovely lesson for kids. I highly reccomend it for children and parents to share during that special family time,  for grandparents during sleepovers, even teachers for the classroom." -  Pam B.(Verified Amazon Customer)

"I liked your book, and my fourth grade teacher friend also enjoyed it.   It will need to be read more than once to help you get the rhythm of the story and all its underlying themes, but the message is a good one, especially in these times when we are teaching about character traits." -  Maria Lindley (3rd Grade Teacher). 

A picture of the troll, the village orphan, and some of the villagers.  The kids in my class at Venice Presbyterian Preschool love the book!! - Jennifer Strube (Preschool Teacher & Administrator)

As a preschool teacher of over 30 years, I loved the layer of lessons in this story..... This is a book that encourages interaction and can grow with a child's understanding of language and life.  One of my favorites!- Verda Johnson  (Preschool Teacher and Verified Amazon Customer)

"John Swanson has been imaginative​​​​ in his construction of the story, every nuance has been carefully considered before inclusion. Keith Benson in his illustrations has likewise been extremely creative in design of every page of the book.  This little book will need frequent revisits by readers and lookers to discover all the hidden goodies contained herein.  The Tickel Troll would be a welcome addition to any child's library or any library catering to kids." Judge #4 / Initial Assessment 


*Books evaluated on a 1-5 scale, 1 meaning "needs improvement" and 5 meaning "outstanding". 


STRUCTURE/ORGANIZATION/PACING - 5

SPELLING/PUNCTUATION/GRAMMAR - 5

PRODUCTION QUALITY & COVER DESIGN - 5

PLOT & STORY APPEAL - 5

CHARACTER APPEAL & DEVELOPMENT - 5

VOICE & WRITING STYLE - 5

"My grandson brought it to me again today.  'Read it'  he says and plopped in my lap.  Read it through twice!!  Think you're on to something if a 2 1/2 year old is enjoying it this much." - Diana Coon McGoldrick (Verified Amazon Customer)

"She won't let anybody else have it unless she is there with you!..." - Kaitlin Holtkamp

.....what people are saying about......

I highly recommend this book for young kids.  The pictures are bright and fun with lots of detail to explore.  An adult can easily turn the book into a game by asking kids to match the  symbols on each page's border to the character on that page. - Erin (Verified Amazon Customer)