“Shiny happy people laughing
Everyone around, love them, love them
Put it in your hands, take it, take it
There’s no time to cry, happy, happy . . .”
Shiny Happy People is a heartwarming picture book whose story is told through the lyrics of R.E.M.’s joyful tune of the same name. “Shiny Happy People” appeared on the band’s 1991 album Out of Time, and the song reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
With lyrics by R.E.M. and illustrations by Paul Hoppe, this picture book follows the unlikely friendship between a rabbit and a fox as they teach others about the joy of inclusion and acceptance. It is the perfect vehicle for R.E.M. fans to share a loving and positive message with children of all ages. You can get it here.