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Auntie Mame author Patrick Dennis offers a sarcastic send-up of the holidays in The Joyous Season. First published in 1964, the novel stars 10-year-old Kerry ("which is short for Kerrington, for cripes sake, spelled with a K and an E and not with a C and an A") and his younger sister Missy New York sophisti-kids who move to Massachusetts after their parents decide to divorce on Christmas Day. Ages 12-up.
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Patrick Dennis, the pseudonym of author Edward Everett Tanner III, was the first author ever to have three books on the bestseller list simultaneously. Dennis is probably best known as the author of "Auntie Mame," the source for the hit Broadway play and movie of the same name, and the Broadway musical "Mame."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Green Mansion Press; 1st edition (August 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971461228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971461222
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Todd J. Brandt on October 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Until a few weeks ago, I was guilty of a terrible secret: I had never seen the film "Auntie Mame," and, even worse, I was not even remotely acquainted with the written works of Mame's creator, Patrick Dennis.
Well, blessed be the great DVD revolution; I finally saw Roz Russell's super-charged tour de force, which spurred me to buy the book, which led me to buy "Little Me," which in turn brings us to "The Joyous Season."
And all I can say is: THANK GOD this book is back in print, and that I, and other Dennis neophytes (and "laden homo sapiens," perhaps?), can experience its hilarious wit and surprising heart.
Besides being at once smartly sophisticated and completely believable as coming from the eyes of a 10-year-old child, this book is the perfect snapshot of early 1960s New York City as I always imagined it--populated by a zany group of society characters who spout mouthfuls of quotable dialogue. (I now also am in search of an apartment building done up in Mondrian designs, as well as a set of bamboo drinking glasses and perhaps a fur hat which almost covers my nose.)
It's also surprisingly racy for 1964, with more gay over- and undertones than any "children's" book that I can remember, with the possible exception of a few Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys capers...but I digress.
Kerry and Missy are the kind of kids you wish you had the [guts]and brains to be at their ages, and "The Joyous Season" is the kind of effortlessly sharp, wicked, perceptive and entertaining book that many authors attempt to duplicate--and fail.
One last thought: like many other reviewers, I also found "The Joyous Season" to practically be screenplay-ready as is. And then I realized: WHERE would one find child actors, aged 10 and 6, who could convincingly essay Kerry and Missy?!?!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Danielson on October 20, 2003
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This book sparkles-I can't believe it was written forty years ago! This HAS to be the funniest book about divorce ever written, from the perspective of a precocious 10 year old boy. This would make an excellent gift for anyone with a sense of humor OR for meddlesome in-laws. Patrick Dennis was a gem of a writer, and his out-of-print books deserve to be resurrected.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lola on March 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I always read 5 star reviews with a healthy dose of skepticism. But this definitely earns its stars. I started and finished the book in one day--I couldn't put it down, it was just so good! This book depicts that Manhattanite mid-century lifestyle to perfection and with much hilarity. It is rare to find a book told from the perspective of a child that is believeable and wise. A little reminiscent of some of my favorites: "Harriet the Spy," "Metropolitan" and "Tadpole".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Too bad Patrick Dennis had to go and write Auntie Mame, whichgot far more attention than Joyous Season. My Godfather picked up acopy of Joyous Season for $.15 at the thrift store, and when he loanedit to me he said, "I know it's only $.15, but you can't get it anymore. Please make sure you give it back." I read it and I must have a copy. The hunt is on! This is a book you can read over and over and still get huge laughs! Kerry is precocious and Missy is encouragable. And what we learn about love, money and "family values" is worth one more run on the printing press.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I read this book for the first time in high school, over 25 years ago (Go ahead-- do the math) Over time my paperback copy split down the middle, and I lost half. BUT, this is the one book I could recite in a Farenheit 451 world. I can still recall passages that had tears rolling down my cheeks. Because of this book I went on to Tony and Little Me (both by Patrick Dennis-- he of Auntie Mame fame) It's a book I search for in used bookstores and garage sales.

Kerry ("That's an e and two r's, not a c and an a, fer chrissake!!) is this delicious blend of Manhattan sophisto-kid and ten-year-old naif. It's through his eyes that we view the actions of all the adults around him, and they don't come off too well. He's part child and part con-man, and his sister, Missy, is no slouch, either.

This book is pure joy. Be sure to read it either when you're alone or when you're around people who don't worry about you when you burst into guffaws. It's been my little treasure for 25 years, and I'm delighted to know there are others who have discovered it and treasure it, too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beverly G. Austin on February 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I still have the book I originally purchased in 1964 and it remains the funniest book I have ever read. I still laugh out loud when I read it, which to me, is the true test of real comedy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marcy L. Thompson VINE VOICE on April 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When I was a child, I took this book off my parents' bookshelf and stayed up all night reading it. I'm lucky that my bedroom was upstairs and away from anyone else's bedroom, because I giggled all night.
Earlier this year, I laid my hands on a copy of the book (no way I would get away with permanently borrowing my parents' copy), and it is just as funny, just as insightful and just as joyous as it ever was.
Populated with an outrageous cast of characters, and with children who are wiser, smarter and more pleasant than the adults, this ought to be a forgettable book. But it's not. I remembered it for 35 years before I got a chance to reread it. And it was every bit as good as I recalled.
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