Sophia Elias
February 18, 2015 12:55 pm

He’s doin’ it for the children!

In case you haven’t heard, Pharrell is turning his Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated smash hit “Happy” into a children’s book because, well, why not? Think about it: What song [in recent memory] has been more universally loved than “Happy”? The fact that it’s catchy, radiates positivity, and was on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack only makes this whole children’s book endeavor that much more compelling.

Pharrell sees the book as somewhat of a printed sequel to “Happy,” particularly for his young fans. He said in a statement that his collaboration with Penguin (who will be publishing the book), “allows [him] to continue dialogue with these children in a fresh, new way” and that he is “committed to feeding the curiosity of young minds with imagination.” Say no more, Pharrell. You had us at “room without a roof.” Now, let’s get down to business and hash out what we know about these Happy books, so far:

It’s photo book!
The doodler in me wanted these books to be illustrated [so badly], but a “photographic look at what it means for children all around the world to celebrate and be, well, happy” sounds pretty awesome too. Who doesn’t love photo books of beaming children?

There will be three more
Oh yes — Pharrell is taking a deep-dive into the children’s book industry by publishing not one, but four books total. Although the following books won’t be “Happy” themed, they will be photo books, so, hooray for more photo books!

There will be just 250,000 copies . . . initially
250,000 copies sounds like a lot, but seeing as though it’s Pharrell and it’s a “Happy,” we’re predicting Harry Potter-esque proportions of people lining up at storefronts. Consequently, we’re also predicting a run of more copies.

It’s set for release on September 22nd
We’ve got a few months to go before we can get our hands on Happy, but we can’t help wondering . . . is it considered “stealing from children” if we stand in line and get a copy for ourselves?

Don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated on all the Happy news before September. In the meantime, we dance.

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