Kids Pick Wednesday- The Happy Hollisters

 The Happy HollistersThis weeks pick is The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West.  I apologize for not having any real pictures but I’ve been having computer issues and am just tired of dealing with it.  My Happy Hollister books don’t all have dust jackets either.
The Happy Hollister books are some that my dad got all of us kids into as soon as we started chapter books.  They are chapter books for kids that have just started reading chapter books (what age is that?).  But I love to read them to my daughter.  They bring back memories of when I was kid and I loved these books!  They are in the same category as The Boxcar Children and The Bobbsey Twins these were favorite.

The Happy Hollisters and the Indian Treasure (#4 in Happy Hollisters Series)They are about a family that solves mysteries but they have a different feel to them.  It’s not really anything I can really describe because I know so much of it is just the memory of them, but the adventures they have are so fun and their family is one I always wanted to be a part of.
The Happy Hollisters and the Secret FortMy daughter seems to enjoy when I read them to her, but to be honest it’s hard to judge how she feels.  She likes looking at the few illustrations that are inside of them but they really aren’t anything special.  She listens to the story but we don’t have giggle fests like we do with Superfudge (and other Fudge books) or Hank the Cowdog.  These are probably best for children who are actually at the age they can read them.  I’m very excited for the day that she can read them and I hope she loves them as much as I do!
The Happy Hollisters and the Haunted House Mystery (Happy Hollisters, 21)These books were published when my father was a child, so they are like the first of the mysteries for children (I’m assuming) and children of these days may not find them as exciting as so many of the more modern books.  These books will always have a special spot in my heart though and I hope I can manage to collect them all (I only have two right now).  
I’m not even going to give these books a rating.  As I would give them 5/5 stars, but I know that that is because of all the memories.
I hope that some of you may give these books a chance and see if you and your children enjoy them.  I think it’s a great way to get kids excited about going outside and playing, being adventurous instead of sitting and watching TV or playing video games.
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  1. I have never read this series & will have to look for it next time we are at the library. It reminds me of The Boxcar Children or the old Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys books I enjoyed as a kid.

    P.S. Sorry I didn’t manage to get a Kid’s Pick posted this week. I will try to make up for it with two kid’s reviews next week. :)

  2. Hi Candace! I was very happy to see your mention of The Happy Hollisters. My grandfather was Andrew Svenson, who wrote the books under the pseudonym Jerry West, and I know he’d be happy to know that one of his childhood fans is now introducing her own children to the books.

    I thought you might like to know that we have just republished the first volume in the series — identical in content to the original, but now in paperback for the first time. Many fans have written to us over the years about their fond memories of the wholesome Hollister family and their simple but charming adventures, so we decided to try bringing them back to life! If you’d like to learn more about the project, check out our website:
    Thanks for remembering The Happy Hollisters in your blog!

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