This 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.
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.
My 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!
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.
Do you have a Kids Pick this week? Please leave your link for me! Happy Reading!