San Francisco: Determined Productions, Inc., 1962. First Edition. Small square octavo. (14.5 cm.) Paper pictorial boards with matching pictorial dust jacket. Colored thick paper stock. Mild creasing to left corner of jacket and very short closed tear to verso. Mild abrasion to bottom right of front free endpaper from sticker price removal. Bright and beautiful throughout. Near Fine. Item #80
In 1962, with civil unrest in the streets, "Happiness Is A Warm Puppy" turned out to be a surprise bestseller. The very square little books, with lithographed text and line drawings on colored paper featured the already popular "Peanuts" gang. Both a refreshing ode to simple ethics and a smart use of book design, "Happiness" is the first hard-bound title by Charles Schulz. In 1961, Connie Boucher introduced the idea to Schulz of creating an original book. Within one year, "Happiness", cleverly designed by Boucher's husband, Jim Young, would become both an enormous hit and cultural landmark in children's book publishing.