I usually read fiction. My book club chose this book and I would say that it is one of the very best non-fiction books I have ever read! I was laughing one minute and biting my nails the next minute! Highly recommended!
I usually read fiction, but this book may have changed my mind. I teach adult education and this book has become part of my class library, and is always being used. I know who has it by the laughter. The skunks are soooooo funny. The book really does go over the ups and downs of sled dog raising, and racing. This is the kind of book you can't put down. It is written at a 5th grade reading level, but the content is for everyone.
this was such a good book. So well written and at times very funny. No one writes better than Gary Paulson. I have read many of his books and they are all excellent. He had many adventures running the Iditerod and of course being his first time he made lots of mistakes. I would recommend this book to anyone
I loved this book. More than once I was laughing out loud. It was funny and informative. I went on a cruise to Alaska and wanted to learn more about the Iditarod. This book was so good I could not put it down and finished it in one day.
There are some laugh-out-loud moments in this quixotic tale of an intrepid amateur attempting to run the Iditarod and nearly being killed by his own ignorant enthusiasm, but overall Paulsen tries very hard to explain the magic of it all. In the end, you either accept what he says or you don't. I'm not sure I do.
There is a little bit of everything in this book. I assumed there would be good information on the running of the race, but the biggest surprise was the flat out hysterical humor. I was reading this at the hairdresser's while waiting on a haircut, and I was laughing so hard that I had tears running down my face. I was afraid they'd ask me to leave. I might chuckle now and then, but I seldom laugh out loud with a book. I have passed on copies to other family members to read because I felt they would find this book a jack of all trades. Funny, tense, informative, and just an all around good read.
Fueled by a passion for running dogs, Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod--the 1150-mile winter sled-dog race between Anchorage and Nome-- in dangerous ignorance and with a fierce determination. Winterdance is his account of this seventeen-day battle against Nature's worst elements and his own frailty.
From Publishers Weekly
Acclaimed children's book author Paulsen offers a gripping account of his experience running the 1180 mile Iditarod dogsled race.