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 challenge words pop up in the text, but young readers can decipher (there's a challenge word right there) the meaning by using context clues in the accompanying text or illustration.
In an earlier life, Dan created comic strips and flirted with syndication. That style of art and storytelling has carried over to these books. Engaging, rich illustrations draw in emerging readers while humor and recognizable themes appeal the upper elementary kids (and their parents).
With this series, Dan is creating an expanding universe of characters who take turns playing the title role in their own stories and receding to the background for other kids' stories. They all live in the same neighborhood and attend the same school. Young readers enjoy spotting these crossover characters and anticipating which "kid in the crowd" will emerge to have his or her own book.
Dan Killeen is the author and illustrator of five children's books under his Happy Fun Books brand. 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.