If you want your kids to be “Happy,” look no further than this surprising new role model.
“I’m humbled by the global success of ‘Happy,’ but especially in awe of the song’s young fans,” Pharrell said in a statement. “My collaboration with Penguin allows me to continue a dialogue with these children in a fresh, new way. We’re both committed to feeding the curiosity of young minds with imagination.”
Rolling Stone says the first 250,000 copies of the book will hit stores Sept. 22. It will feature pictures of kids from all over the globe “celebrating what it means to be happy.”
“Happy” will be just the first of four books Pharrell is writing for young readers under a deal with Putnam, an offshoot of Penguin.
The song, “Happy,” debuted in 2013 on the soundtrack for Despicable Me 2 and became an almost-overnight smash. It inspired the world’s first 24-hour music video, featuring happy people dancing to the track in locations all over the world — it’s easy to see how the song inspired the forthcoming book.
“Happy” was Pharrell’s fourth No. 1 hit and his first as the lead artist on the track.
“Happy” was also nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for Best Original Song, though it lost to — of course — “Let It Go” from Frozen. It won two Grammys — Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video.
Since the song was written for a kids’ movie, it turned a younger generation into Pharrell fans. It’s only natural that the singer would want to build on that new fan base, and from the sound of it, his kids’ book will be a really positive way to do that.