Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest

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Shadow Mountain, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Dick Van Dyke will forever be remembered as the irrepressible Bert in the classic movie Mary Poppins, dancing with penguins and leaping across rooftops. Now, Dick Van Dyke will touch a whole new generation of fans with the Christmas picture book Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest. Featuring 3-D screen captures from the forth coming DVD (2007), this whimsical book has a Polar-Express look and a magical story that will delight readers of all ages. Mr. Finnegan (Dick Van Dyke) is no ordinary toy maker. His providential meeting with Maggie, a resentful girl who doesn't believe in the magic of Christmas, is the beginning of a series of miracles that will change her heart forever.

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About the author (2005)

Dan Farr loves the 3D graphics industry. With 12 years of industry experience and a sense of entrepreneurship, he oversees business development and coporate management of DAZ Productions. Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest is his first published book - the culmination of many merging interests and dreams. Dan graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in Business Management, and enjoys most of all spending time with his wife and his two sons.

Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke on December 13, 1925 in West Plains, Missouri. He is best known for portraying Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke show from 1961-1966. This show received four Emmy Awards as Outstanding Comedy Series and Van Dyke won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Van Dyke also starred on the Broadway stage in Bye Bye Birdie and The Music Man. He won the Best Actor Tony in 1961 for Bye Bye Birdie. He also starred in two classic children's movies, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Van Dyke is the older brother of Jerry Van Dyke and the grandfather of actor Shane Van Dyke. He is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. His memoir, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business, was was written in 2011. In 2014 this memoir was on the New York Times bestseller list.

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