Happy Fun Books is the independent publishing brand of Dan Killeen. The books feature absurd family humor and eye catching illustration that appeal to both kids and adults. Dan's drawing style evokes the classic comic strips he admired as a lad. Occasional challenge words pop up in the stories, 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 pictures draw in emergent readers while humor and recognizable themes appeal to the upper primary 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 enjoys doing school presentations in which he inspires kids to read, write, and draw on their own. Dan grew up as the seventh of eight artistic children and found his niche in comics. While studying at Indiana University he contributed a strip featuring the beloved character Implosion Boy to the Daily Student newspaper. He was later awarded a fellowship honor from the Washington Post Writers Group for his comic strip entitled Steve. Dan lives down by the river in good ol' St. Louis.