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.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

1. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel (US) - (Canada)
Frog and Toad, 1
An I Can Read Book, Level 2

Pages: 64
Ages: 6+
Finished: Jan. 3, 2012
First Published: 1970
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: children, easy reader, animal fantasy
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

Frog ran up the path to Toad's house.

Acquired: Purchased a new copy from a homeschool retailer.
Reason for Reading: Son read aloud to me as his reader.

The first book in the Frog and Toad series and a Caldecott honor winner this book introduces us to the now classic characters with the familiar format of five short stories of their friendship.  Of two different natures, they bring out the best in each other and enjoy life and nature to the fullest.  The simple stories will delight young and old alike.  My son, now on the old side for these books, but just at the perfect reading level for him, still enjoys the simple, honest humour found within the pages.  He enjoyed this book and wants to read the last one we still have left in the series to read.  A perennial favourite and a keeper for my shelves!


  1. Sounds such a simple book for children to understand easily

  2. I'm glad your son is still enjoying these books! The humor is just delightful, and it was one of those books I never minded reading over and over again to my kids.

  3. Before this time through I'd never read the Frog & Toad books, even tough I've always been a fan of Lobel's. One of the nice things about ds's Autism is his retention of childhood innocence/joy even as he physically matures. :-)