Happy Fun Books is the homegrown publishing effort of Dan Killeen. The books feature silly family humor that appeals to both kids and adults. The illustration invokes the classic comic strips Dan admired as a lad. Occasional challenging words pop up in the text, but young readers can decipher (there's a challenging word right there) the meaning by using context clues in the surrounding text or accompanying illustration.
For years prior, Dan created comic strips and flirted with syndication. That style of art and storytelling has carried over to these books, so you could think of each story as just a long comic strip. The stated age range for the books is 6-9, but kids younger than that are drawn to the colorful illustrations which tell the story. Older kids (and grown-ups) also love the books because they can appreciate the broader humor each story contains.
The Tillie & Clementine series is inspired by his brother’s kids and the improvised bedtime stories he tells them. Derrick is likewise inspired by dinosaur-obsessed nephews. All kids deserve to star in their own children’s book, so Uncle Dan is happy to re-create the adventures of his young relatives.
Dan Killeen is the author and illustrator of four children's books - Robert and the Robots, Derrick and the Dinosaurs and two Tillie & Clementine titles. He inherited a love of comic strips from his mom. While studying at Indiana University he contributed a strip featuring the beloved character Implosion Boy to the Daily Student newspaper. Dan was later awarded a fellowship honor from the Washington Post Writers Group for his comic strip entitled Steve. He enjoys doing school readings and hearing seven-year-olds point out plot holes he overlooked. Dan lives down by the river in good ol' St. Louis.