Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Happy by Pharrell Williams

WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share the titles we can't wait to release.

Happy by Pharrell Williams. 32 p. Penguin Young Readers Group, October 6, 2015. 9780399176432.

Publisher synopsis: Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams's super-hit song “Happy” is now a picture book.

Nominated for an Academy Award in 2014, “Happy” hit number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, and has topped the charts in more than seventy-five countries worldwide. Now Pharrell Williams brings his beloved song to the youngest of readers in photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy. All the exuberance of the song pulses from these vibrant photographs of excited, happy kids. This is a picture book full of memorable, precious childhood moments that will move readers in the same way they were moved by the song.
“Happy” has had the world dancing ever since it first hit the airwaves, and now the irresistibly cheerful tune will come to life on the page with Pharrell Williams’s very first picture book! A keepsake and true classic in the making.

I fell in love with this song the minute I heard it. It's an earworm I do not mind having. When I saw a video floating around the Interwebz featuring a bunch of dogs and a cat romping to the song at the beach, the song was pretty well cemented into my heart. Ordinarily, I usually greet "celebrity" books with an eye-roll along with an open mind (I have been pleasantly surprised). I'm all over this one. I will be buying this for my library (#nevertooold4picturebooks) and gifting it to my colleague at the elementary school and every little person in my life now, as well as future little folks. I feel the joy in the song and love the obvious joy Mr. Williams feels singing and dancing to it. 

Plus, the cover is absolutely fabulous! Is that not the most gorgeous and appropriate cover?

The song also reminds me of a time, 20 years ago when my now 26 year old #3 son was about to enter first grade. I did not expect the tears and resistance to entering the building. Days turned into weeks of hysteria and digging heels as I dragged him into his classroom. I always hoped his teacher would take him off my hands. When weeks were about to turn into months, I searched for a routine to get him laughing and happy in the morning. Around that time, Don't Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin (Don't love the video/ still love the song) was popular and that became our anthem. I'd play it every morning from the time he woke up and in the car. Then, we sing it into school. We still laugh about it.

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