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, March 4, 2011

Animal Hospital (A DK Reader)

Animal Hospital by Judith Walker Hodge (Canada) - (US)
DK Readers, Level 2

Pages: 218
Ages: 5+
Finished: Feb. 22, 2011
First Published: 1999
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
Genre: children, non-fiction, science

Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

One day Jack and Luke were playing near their house when they heard a strange noise.

Acquired: Purchased used from a book/garage sale or thrift store.

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his non-fiction reader.

I like this series of readers. The non-fiction ones. They come with DK's expected usual style and excellent photography. The story is told in a simple narrative style making it interesting and informative. There are occasional fact boxes with extra bits of information about a topic mentioned on that page. Though my son refuses to read these, saying they are my part perhaps because of the slightly smaller text size. This book examines the different type of animals a vet may see as two boys take a duck with a hurt wing to the local vet, who fortunately finds it hasn't been broken. The boys also see other animals taken care of: a rabbit, 5 kittens, a goose, a snake, a horse and witness a dog brought in who was hit by a car and the vet has to go straight to surgery to fix his broken leg. Quite a lot of activity and probably a wider variety of animals than the normal town vet sees but certainly educational on small animal complaints. A good book from a good series.


  1. I love DK books! This looks like a good one.

  2. I love DK books too.

    When I was h'schooling fulltime I sometimes wondered who I was actually buying all the Eyewitness Books for, since I spent as much time with them as anybody!