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.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Shooting of Dan McGrew

The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service
Illustrated by Ted Harrison

Pages: unnumbered
Finished: Aug. 14, 2008
First Published: text: 1907; this edition 1988
Genre: children's picture book, poetry
Rating: 4.5/5

Reason for Reading: read this aloud to the 8yo. Qualifies for the Canadian Challenge and I won this signed copy (Ted Harrison) as one of the grand prizes for last years Canadian challenge so it only seemed appropriate to read it for 2nd challenge.

First sentence:

A bunch of boys were whooping it up
in the Malamute saloon;

Comments: One of Canada's greatest poets combined with one of Canada's greatest living painters produces a beautiful and wonderful presentation of this famous Canadian poem. It is hard for me to review a poem but this is the type of poetry I like. One that tells a story and has a rhythmic cadence and is fun to read aloud.

The story takes place in the Yukon during the gold rush and involves a love triangle with a jilted lover causing a shoot-out. At the end the girl wins what she's wanted all along -- the gold. A truly beautiful over-sized picture book and poem most people (even those who do not like poetry much) will appreciate. My rating of 4.5 is only based on the fact that I like poem The Cremation of Sam McGee better and I have to save the 5 for that book.


  1. I agree that I'd probably reserve the 5 for Cremation, though Dan McGrew is pretty great, too. I love, love, love Harrison's illustrations, so bright and stylistic.

    When I was teaching, I used to read Sam McGee to my primary students, but avoided Dan McGrew because of the shooting. Not that I didn't think some kids could handle it, or that it couldn't be a great point to jumpstart a discussion, but who needs that controversy?

  2. I certainly understand your point, especially with a classroom.

    My 8yo is a real boy's boy though who loves a good shoot 'em up. We did have some good discussion with the poem though, epecially about Lady Lou's motivation and a mini gold rush lesson as we haven't covered that in school yet.

  3. Another great review! I'm so jealous of all the books you receive to review!