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Happy! Hardcover – October 6, 2015

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2—Williams's hit song from the movie Despicable Me 2 is put to the page in this lively and fun book. From the tactile neon yellow letters of the title page to the author's note at the end encouraging readers to be "Happy Helpers," the book serves up nothing but joy and whimsy. In full-color spreads, each page features photographs of a diverse group of kids sporting all manner of adorable costumes and hipster apparel. They dance, laugh, and pose with cardboard cutouts and chalk drawings, that allow them to appear in space, on the beach, or, in a literal interpretation of the songs lyrics, "a room without a roof." The lyrics work best when read or sung by readers who are familiar with the song; otherwise the rhythm and rhyme do not make much sense. Because of this, the work may not have as much lasting power as a book based on a more traditional song or nursery rhyme, but for the time being, it will be a big hit with those familiar with the chart-topper. VERDICT A music video put to the pages of a children's book, this fun interpretation of a popular song will make kids and adults alike want to "clap along."—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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“The expressive outfits and giant smiles the children wear are beyond infectious, and the homespun nature of the props and setups (a group of rockers plays on cardboard instruments, not Fender guitars) make the book feel like a celebration of kids being kids.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“It’s a perfect addition to any child's bookshelf and any classroom library. We should all spread some of the happiness that can be found between the covers of this special picture book.”—Examiner.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD180L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399176438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399176432
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is THE CUTEST book!!! I bought this for my niece and nephew (5 and 3 years old), as they dance every time they hear the Happy song. Actually, it's the only time when they don't fight! It's filled with so much color, fun patterns/pictures, and I love the diversity in all the kid models! I think I might even like it more than they do! Definitely recommend this book! :D
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While the book is adorable, I didn't read far enough to realize it is literally the lyrics of the song on pages. Impossible to just "read" but fun nonetheless! the photos of children are cheerful and colorful.
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A truly delightful book - it made me smile, over and over again! - written by a guy who knows about "Happy" and can share it! I admire Pharrell and I enjoyed and RECOMMEND his book - to parents, grandparents, nursery schools, kindergartens, and children's rooms in hospitals - it really will make YOU "Happy"!!
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By SJS on October 15, 2015
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Played song while reading book to my grandson fantastic positive message!
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I’ve seen picture books before based on famous poems, but I’ve never seen a book based on song lyrics before, and my family loves it! The text is taken from the upbeat, well-known song, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, which has won numerous major awards (which are well-deserved). The full-page photos show (happy) children acting out the lyrics in fun and clever ways. The book concludes with a letter from Williams encouraging children to help others be happy, too. It’s a wonderful and empowering thought, especially alongside the lyrics of the song/book. My family has been listening to the song over and over while flipping through the pages, singing and dancing and having a blast!
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Absolutely adorable book. My kids love it. The pictures are vibrant and cheerful and I always feel a sense of happiness as I read the letter from Pharrell to my kids at the end. I've bought multiple copies of this book just to give out as gifts.
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This was a perfect gift for my 5-year-old grandson who was the ring bearer at my wedding. The entire wedding party danced down the aisle for the wedding ceremony to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams! He loved seeing the song lyrics set to illustrations for kids. Any kids who love the song will love the book too!
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This is an adorable picture book featuring kids dressed in fun clothes having fun! The font is big and bold throughout the book, and is the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. I admit it is a hard book to read and not sing though! My daughter loves the song and this book became an instant hit for her. It is a quick read, perfect for bedtime or just because. It is hard not to smile when reading and listening to this book!

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