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
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Friday, August 16, 2013

263. 50 Below Zero Board Book by Robert Munsch.

50 Below Zero Board Book by Robert Munsch. Art by Michael Martchenko

Rating: (3/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

Jun 13 2013, Annick Press, 10 pgs

Age: 2+

"All night long, Jason gets woken up by strange noises that lead him to find his dad in the most unexpected places—from on top of the refrigerator to the freezing cold woods outside his house. In order to finally get a good night’s sleep, Jason musters up all of his resources and comes up with a most unexpected solution—tying his dad’s toe to the bathroom doorknob to keep him in place.
Now available as a simplified, toddler-friendly board book with revised art by Michael Martchenko, this story will delight young children discovering it for the first time"

Received a review copy from Annick Press through NetGalley.

I thought this would be a board book edition of the 1985 picture book "50 Below Zero".  One of my favourite Munsch books.  Instead it is an adaptation of that book, which has had the text simplified and the  art has also been revised.  The basic plot of the original story manages to come through fine enough but its rollicking humour is inevitably lost in this simplification.  If you want a book baby can chew on, this may be your way to go.  But I'd rather read the original aloud, even to toddlers.  This will be a personal preference as to which you chose.

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