Frank The Friendly Ogre

Rated 4.86/5 based on 14 reviews
Frank knew he didn’t belong in the swamp. He’s never been like the other ogres. He’s clean and polite, and they... Well, they’re not. So, one day, Frank set off in to the world to find somewhere he could belong. More

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About Victoria Zigler

My name is Victoria, but most of my friends and family call me Tori. Feel free to do the same.

Born in the shadow of the black mountains in Wales, I now live by the sea in the south-east of England, with my husband, Kelly, a chinchilla named Mollie, a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie, a Cavapoo named Logan, and a Hermann's Tortoise named Artemis.

Having battled with glaucoma since birth, I now find myself completely blind. But I haven’t let that stop me from chasing the dream I've had since I was a young child: the dream of becoming a published author. Though it's been said many times by many authors, I've loved to read and write since I learned how, and always wanted to get my work published. Finally, in 2012, I made that dream come true by self-publishing the first of my books as an eBook via Smashwords. Several more titles have been published since, with paperbacks and audio books also being made available. So now I’m a published author of several poetry collections, as well as a long list of children’s stories.

I’m just as happy exercising the logical side of my brain as the creative side of it, so would describe myself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. A couple of people have agreed with that description of me, so I feel I'm justified in using it, and hope J K Rowling doesn't mind.

When I’m not lost in my own world, you’re most likely to find me either reading, writing, or attempting to keep my eMails from piling up. If I’m not doing any of those things, chances are I’m spending time with my hubby and PetKids. Either that, or taking some time to explore some of the many other interests that randomly capture my attention from time to time.

I love everything to do with animals and nature. Though I'd rather not get too close to spiders and other creepy crawly things. That love of animals was a huge factor in my choice to become first a vegetarian, and then a vegan, though there were other things that influenced my decision too.

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Reviews

Rosemary J. Peel reviewed on July 21, 2015

An enjoyable short story about an ogre who doesn't fit in. I found it surprising actually because it had some similarities to my own story, The Earth Giant; both deal with the loneliness of being different. I have no hesitation at all in recommending it to readers. I award it 5 well deserved stars.
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Luke F. D. Marsden reviewed on March 17, 2015

A very short, but perfectly formed, story about an ogre who doesn't fit in. Whilst it is a tale for children, it carries a simple and important message about belonging that it doesn't hurt to be reminded of as an adult, either!
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Catherine E. Chapman reviewed on Oct. 13, 2014

Ah, a short and very sweet story for kids. Reinforces the message that belonging is not, as we are led to believe, about location, location, location, but about people (well, ok, ogres and giants!). I think children would love it and would want to read / hear more.
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Marjorie Boyd-Springer reviewed on July 28, 2014

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This book is a great children's book. Victoria Zigler does a great job with the pictures and writing. It uses simple words and it is easy to read and understand. I gave it 5 stars. Children will love it and first time readers will love to be able to read it. I highly recommend it to all.
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Jessica West reviewed on July 15, 2014

Short and sweet, with fewer than a thousand words Zigler paints a lovely picture of compassion and friendship.
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Gita V.Reddy reviewed on April 15, 2014

Sweet, simple, effective.
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Lucas Hosby reviewed on June 10, 2013

This is a very good story. It goes to show that being accepted can be difficult, but there is usually a place for everyone.
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Walter Lazo reviewed on May 17, 2013

Very nice and sweet, and well-written.
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Chris The Story Reading Ape reviewed on March 6, 2013

This little story is perfect for when your children (or even you) are feeling in a 'Nobody Loves Me', or, 'I Don't Like Them' mood, just to be reminded that Someone, Somewhere, is a friend.
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Ziggy Kalder reviewed on Feb. 15, 2013

Excellent book!
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