Every Day's a Holiday: Amusing Rhymes for Happy Times

Every Day's a Holiday: Amusing Rhymes for Happy Times

by Dean Koontz, Phil Parks
     
 

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In Every Day's a Holiday, the ever inventive Dean Koontz ponders the origin of Valentine's Day; introduces Jinx, a guy who really gets into Halloween; and explains that extra "a" on the end of Kwanzaa. There are also holidays you may not have heard of -- but that you are sure to be celebrating soon -- including Praise-the-Chicken Day, Lost-Tooth Day, and Up

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In Every Day's a Holiday, the ever inventive Dean Koontz ponders the origin of Valentine's Day; introduces Jinx, a guy who really gets into Halloween; and explains that extra "a" on the end of Kwanzaa. There are also holidays you may not have heard of -- but that you are sure to be celebrating soon -- including Praise-the-Chicken Day, Lost-Tooth Day, and Up-Is-Down Day.

With over 250 million copies of his books sold, Dean Koontz is considered one of the world's premiere suspense writers. Now he is conquering a whole new field with his flagrantly funny poetry. As he did in two previous books for children, The Paper Doorway and Santa's Twin, the New York Times best-selling author has created original verse that combines fun, fantasy, and just a dollop of the macabre. The resulting laugh-fest is truly cause for celebration.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Koontz and Parks, previously paired for The Paper Doorway and Santa's Twin, again team up in a somewhat patchy poetry collection that celebrates holidays real and imagined. Much of the rhythm is catchy and much of the rhyme clever, but the author's stab at being droll can take its toll. For example, the poem "Christmas Eve" asks, "Did you see reindeer on the roof?/ I did, I did, and I've got proof./.../ I almost tumbled loop-de-loop./ And stepped right in some reindeer poop." In other instances, the humor seems familiar, as in "Mother's Day Is Every Day, Thanks to Us," which chronicles all that kids do for their mothers (leaving bedrooms a mess, piling dishes in the sink) and concludes, "We know poor Mother would be so blue,/ If she didn't have something to do!" Koontz's intermittent forays into nonsense verse include "Holidays on Other Planets," which mentions those observed by residents of "the planet of Hurkle de Merkle/ They all gickel with sherkle and ferkle./ They snooder, snidder, and sneeder so bright,/ All through the green day and through the pink night." Balancing such silliness are simple, serious tributes to Martin Luther King Jr., and to veterans ("Memorial Day"). Parks's halftone art frames the text with images that are often comical and sometimes, in keeping with the verse, playfully outlandish. Ages 8-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a book every elementary teacher needs to own. Why? Because it contains amusing rhymes for just about every occasion. There are poems for major holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Labor Day, Valentine's Day, and Martin Luther King Day. The list does not stop there. It also contains poems celebrating lesser known, but equally important holidays such as Snow Day, Gravity Day, Carnival Day, and Troll Day. Every teacher knows that losing a tooth at school is a big deal, so this book contains a poem to celebrate that too! This collection makes poetry accessible to young kids. It is also easy to integrate into the classroom curriculum because of the topics. It can be used to inspire kids to write humorous poetry or to expand their knowledge of holidays. Another positive aspect of this collection is the drawings. The artist has created engaging black and write drawings that enhance the poetry and capture its humor. The best thing about this book is that Koontz includes a poem for the most important school holiday of all—the last day of school. Who doesn't want to celebrate that? 2003, HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 12.
—Louise Parsons
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Koontz offers up a collection of 64 poems about holidays, some well known (Halloween) and others less familiar to American audiences (Sakura Matsuki). He includes significant days (the first day of autumn, Mother's Day, and the shortest day of the year); and birthdays (Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln); along with lots of special days of his own creation (Gravity Day, Lost Tooth Day, and Up-Is-Down Day). While many of the poems have clever themes, the rhyming couplets are often unimaginative and occasionally awkward. Each selection is accompanied by at least one black-and-white illustration that is sometimes charming, sometimes creepy, but always interesting. However, for poetry collections to take you throughout the year, Myra Cohn Livingston's Celebrations (Holiday, 1985), Jack Prelutsky's Dog Days: Rhymes around the Year (Knopf, 1999), and Bill Martin, Jr.'s The Turning of the Year (Harcourt, 1998) are more satisfying choices.-Laura Reed, Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780060085841
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/04/2003
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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