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

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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...

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Overview

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.

An illustrated collection of poems celebrating holidays, including real ones such as Easter, imaginary ones such as Gravity Day, international ones such as Cinco de Mayo, and not-quite-holidays such as snow days.

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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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060085841
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/4/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. When he was a senior in college, he won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. Today he is a world-famous author whose novels have sold 225 million copies in thirty-eight languages. He has numerous New York Times adult best-sellers, including his most recent From The Corner Of His Eye. Dean Koontz is also the author of the children's book Santa's Twin. He lives in southern California.

Biography

He is one of the most recognized, read, and loved suspense writers of the 20th century. His imagination is a veritable factory of nightmares, conjuring twisted tales of psychological complexity. He even has a fan in Stephen King. For decades, Dean Koontz's name has been synonymous with terror, and his novels never fail to quicken the pulse and set hearts pounding.

Koontz has a lifelong love of writing that led him to spend much of his free time as an adult furiously cultivating his style and voice. However, it was only after his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse while he was teaching English at a high school outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he had a real opportunity to make a living with his avocation. Gerda agreed to support Dean for five years, during which time he could try to get his writing career off the ground. Little did she know that by the end of that five years she would be leaving her own job to handle the financial end of her husband's massively successful writing career.

Koontz first burst into the literary world with 1970's Beastchild, a science fiction novel that appealed to genre fans with its descriptions of aliens and otherworldly wars but also mined deeper themes of friendship and the breakdown of communication. Although it is not usually ranked among his classics, Beastchild provided the first inkling of Koontz's talent for populating even the most fantastical tale with fully human characters. Even at his goriest or most terrifying, he always allows room for redemption.

This complexity is what makes Koontz's work so popular with readers. He has a true gift for tempering horror with humanity, grotesqueries with lyricism. He also has a knack for genre-hopping, inventing Hitchcockian romantic mysteries, crime dramas, supernatural thrillers, science fiction, and psychological suspense with equal deftness and imagination. Perhaps The Times (London) puts it best: "Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."

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Shortly after graduating from college, Koontz took a job with the Appalachian Poverty Program where he would tutor and counsel underprivileged kids. However, after finding out that the last person who held his job had been beaten up and hospitalized by some of these kids, Koontz was more motivated than ever to get his writing career going.

When Koontz was a senior in college, he won the Atlantic Monthly fiction competition.

Koontz and Kevin Anderson's novel Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son was slotted to become a television series produced by Martin Scorsese. However, when the pilot failed to sell, the USA Network aired it as a TV movie in 2004. By that time Koontz had removed his name from the project.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Koontz:

"My wife, Gerda, and I took seven years of private ballroom dancing lessons, twice a week, ninety minutes each time. After we had gotten good at everything from swing to the foxtrot, we not only stopped taking lessons, but also stopped going dancing. Learning had been great fun; but for both of us, going out for an evening of dancing proved far less exhilarating than the learning. We both have a low boredom threshold. Now we dance at a wedding or other celebration perhaps once a year, and we're creaky."

"On my desk is a photograph given to me by my mother after Gerda and I were engaged to be married. It shows 23 children at a birthday party. It is neither my party nor Gerda's. I am three years old, going on four. Gerda is three. In that crowd of kids, we are sitting directly across a table from each other. I'm grinning, as if I already know she's my destiny, and Gerda has a serious expression, as if she's worried that I might be her destiny. We never met again until I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We've been trying to make up for that lost time ever since.

"Gerda and I worked so much for the first two decades of our marriage that we never took a real vacation until our twentieth wedding anniversary. Then we went on a cruise, booking a first-class suite, sparing no expense. For more than half the cruise, the ship was caught in a hurricane. The open decks were closed because waves would have washed passengers overboard. About 90% of the passengers spent day after day in their cabins, projectile vomiting. We discovered that neither of us gets seasick. We had the showrooms, the casino, and the buffets virtually to ourselves. Because the crew had no one to serve, our service was exemplary. The ship dared not try to put into the scheduled ports; it was safer on the open sea. The big windows of the main bar presented a spectacular view of massive waves and lightning strikes that stabbed the sea by the score. Very romantic. We had a grand time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Axton, Brian Coffey, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe
    2. Hometown:
      Newport Beach, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Everett, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Holiday Gifts 1
Stop The World! It's Your Birthday! 2
Holiday Data Glitch 4
New Year's Eve 6
New Year's Day 7
Appropriate Holiday Entertainment 8
Carnival! 10
Gravity Day 12
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 13
Snow Day 14
Valentine's Day 16
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday 18
George Washington's Birthday 18
Saint Patrick's Day 20
The First Day of Spring 22
Every Day's a Holiday 24
Easter: The Danger of Improving Holiday Traditions 26
April Fool's Day 28
Sakura Matsuki (Cherry Blossom Festival) 30
Dino Day 32
Cinco de Mayo 34
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