A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, June 27, 2008

116. Five True Dog Stories

Five True Dog Stories by Margaret Davidson
Illustrated by Susanne Suba

Pages: 47
Finished: June 27, 2008
First Published: 1977
Genre: children, non-fiction
Rating: 3.5/5

Reason for Reading: Dh read this to the 8yo and I always try to read the books too.

First sentence:

The policeman just happened to be passing a pet store one day.

Comments: Five short, easy-to-read yet interesting and exciting stories of true-life dogs with amazing accomplishments. While the stories are very good, I have to say the inside illustrations leave much to be desired as they are very indistinct and difficult to tell what exactly they are showing. Dog and/or animal loving kids will be sure to love these stories and this book written at a GR2 reading level would make a nice first chapter book for those who are ready. Stories included are:

Dox: one of the first police dogs
Grip: a stray dog trained to be a pick-pocket in the 1700s
Wolf - Famous dog of Alfred Payson Terhune's literature
Barry - A Saint Bernard who lived with the monks and saved people in the Swiss Alps
Balto - The famous dog who saved Nome, Alaska by delivering medicine in the middle of a terrible snow storm.

P.S. Please help me out with suggestions of documentary TV Shows suitable for kids in my post here. Thanks!


  1. Great review Nicola! I love dog stories, especially if their true. Though I rarely read childrens books, I think I'll add it to my TBR. Though right now is a little too soon after Robbie's death to read about dogs.

  2. Yes, I was sorry to hear of your loss.

    These are all uplifting stories, except the Wolf one.