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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

250. Gargoyles, Monsters in Stone by Jennifer Dussling

Gargoyles, Monsters in Stone by Jennifer Dussling. Illustrated by Peter Church (Canada) - (US)
All Aboard Reading (Level 2)

Pages: 48
Ages: 7+
Finished: Nov. 15, 2011
First Published: 1999
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Genre: children, easy reader, non-fiction, history, middle ages, architecture
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

High in the sky they keep watch from the tops of churches.

Acquired: Purchased a used copy from a book/library/garage sale or thrift shop.

Reason for Reading: Son read aloud to me as his reader.

We were really pleased with this book.  Ds didn't know anything about gargoyles before reading the book and found the topic fascinating.  He says he'll be looking up now instead of looking down to see if he can spot his first gargoyle.  I'm not sure if there are any around here but if there are going to be any we should find them somewhere on our travels as we live in the oldest part of the province.  Very informative, even I learned a thing or two such as where the name comes from.  The illustrations are beautiful and the reading level was good for my son, just a bit of a challenge.  An impressive little book at this level of reading.  Too bad it has gone out of print.  It certainly isn't outdated!  Hope they'll reprint this one soon!

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