Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” catapulted him into pop crossover superstardom back in 2014. Even with a Snoop Dogg collab on the way in March and co-hosting The Voice, Pharrell is taking it to the next level by bringing “Happy” to the world of children’s books.
Williams reportedly signed a deal with Putnam according to Billboard, an imprint of Penguin Books, who will publish a four-book series from the super producer, and the first one is based on his mega hit song. Putnam’s ordered a 250,000 copy run of this first book, and Pharrell’s ecstatic to bring the “Happy” message to young kids. “I’m humbled by the global success of ‘Happy,’ but especially in awe of the song’s young fans,” Pharrell exclaimed 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.”
Knowing about Pharrell’s love of animation (“Happy” was written for the film Despicable Me 2, and he’s a die-hard Spongebob fan), this is a cool idea. We’ll see how it turns out when the book based on “Happy” comes out on September.