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Every day's a holiday : amusing rhymes for happy times
Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2003]

Physical Description:
127 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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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Includes index.
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The ever-inventive novelist presents an assortment of clever, comical poems that cover kids' favorite festivities, from the origins of Valentine's Day to why there is an extra a at the end of the word Kwanzaa. Full color.

Author Notes

Dean Koontz was born on July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania. He received a degree in education from Shippensburg State College in 1967. A former high school English teacher as well as a teacher-counselor with the Appalachian Poverty Program, he began writing as a child to escape an ugly home life caused by his alcoholic father. A prolific writer at a young age, he had sold a dozen novels by the age of 25. Early in his career, he wrote under numerous pen names including David Axton, Brian Coffey, K. R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols, Richard Paige, and Owen West. He is best known for the books written under his own name, many of which are bestsellers, including Midnight, Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, The Husband, Odd Hours, 77 Shadow Street, Innocence, The City, Saint Odd, and The Silent Corner.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Holiday Giftsp. 1
Stop The World! It's Your Birthday!p. 2
Holiday Data Glitchp. 4
New Year's Evep. 6
New Year's Dayp. 7
Appropriate Holiday Entertainmentp. 8
Carnival!p. 10
Gravity Dayp. 12
Martin Luther King, Jr. Dayp. 13
Snow Dayp. 14
Valentine's Dayp. 16
Abraham Lincoln's Birthdayp. 18
George Washington's Birthdayp. 18
Saint Patrick's Dayp. 20
The First Day of Springp. 22
Every Day's a Holidayp. 24
Easter: The Danger of Improving Holiday Traditionsp. 26
April Fool's Dayp. 28
Sakura Matsuki (Cherry Blossom Festival)p. 30
Dino Dayp. 32
Cinco de Mayop. 34