A Dean Koontz book aimed at children? Seems appropriate, as (the sex and violence aside) most of Koontz’s novels are essentially kid books--they tend to follow proscribed formulas, contain extremely rigid demarcations between good and evil (moral ambiguity has no place in the Koontz lexicon), are quite preachy, and always end happily.
ODDKINS, a large format
hardcover “for all ages” with large text and colorful illustrations by Phil
Parks, is in many ways a standard Koontz product. It contains many of his
strengths, including an unerringly suspenseful chase narrative and easily
digestible, unselfconscious prose. It also bears more than a few of Koontz’s
weaknesses, notably an overall tendency toward overwrought melodrama and a
conclusion that’s even sappier than his endings usually are (not to give
anything away, but the final line is “Isn’t it a wonderful life?”). One
good thing, however, about this being a kids’ book is that it’s free of the
pukey romances that take up Koontz’s grown-up novels.