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A Bottle of Happiness
UK only

£12.99 £9.99 (hardback)


£7.99 £5.99 (paperback)


A Bottle of Happiness is a modern-day fable celebrating the value of friendship over possessions.

A new fable that goes full circle as it explores the value of possessions against values of friendship and fun.

There was once a big mountain. The people on one side were rich and worked only in order to get even richer. The people on the other side of the mountain were poor in possessions but had a wealth of stories and laughter. One day a poor young boy decides to seek a new story and this leads him to the rich people’s market place. He would love one of the ripe pieces of fruit, but what can a poor boy trade? Find out if it is possible to bottle and share joy and happiness in this timeless tale with a fairytale feel, exquisitely illustrated in eye-opening and unusual style.

New in Paperback bundle

UK only


Grobblechops, Quill Soup, and A Bottle of Happiness (paperbacks)


Download a free poster with beautiful artwork from this book!

Watch the book trailer

Meet the author and illustrator


Pippa Goodhart is the author of over a hundred children’s books, including the prize-winning picture book You Choose, and the Winnie the Witch series which she writes under the pen name of Laura Owen. She trained as a teacher, and worked for many years in bookselling before becoming a mother and a writer.

Read an interview with Pippa


Ehsan Abdollahi is an illustrator and animator from Iran. He teaches at Tehran Art University. Ehsan is inspired by the environment and fabrics of South Iran (where he was born), and uses bold colours and rich patterns in his illustrations. Ehsan has illustrated When I Coloured in the World (2015) and Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (2018) by the acclaimed African-American poet Eloise Greenfield.

Read an interview with Ehsan


Read more about A Bottle of Happiness:
  • A Bottle of Happiness among the best books of the year by the Sunday Times. Link
  • TWO Tiny Owl titles nominated for UK’s most prestigious children’s book award! Link
  • A Bottle of Happiness is utterly inspirational! – James Mayhew for BookTrust. Link
  • A Bottle of Happiness has been listed as an ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Bookseller.
  • A Bottle of Happiness among the best books of 2017… twice!
  • A Bottle of Happiness longlisted for 2018 UKLA Book Awards
  • Happiness is more precious than possessions. a review by IBBYLink
  • review by the School Library Association: Bring out an artistic side in children
  • A Bottle of Happiness recommended for school libraries by TeachWire
  • Watch this video to learn more about illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi
  • A Bottle of Happiness among Books for Keeps Christmas Gift list. Link
  • Read it again! A blog post by Pippa Goodhart. Link
  • Food for Thought. A review by Jill Bennett. Link
  • A Bottle of Happiness is the perfect bedtime story! – Instagram review
  • Read a review: A Bottle Of Happiness: A timeless appeal – planetginnys
  • Our exciting new title.  A Blog post. Link
  • Open your minds to different ways of seeing the world! An interview with Pippa Goodhart. Link
  • A child’s language is an international language. An interview with the illustrator.Link
  • An environment of creativity and diverse thinking by A Bottle of Happiness at North Kensington Library.
  • Stunningly original and beautifully presented. A review by read it Daddy. Link
  • The illustrations are wonderful. A review by North Somerset teachers Book Award. Link
  • Visually beautiful – perfect for your coffee table or your bookshelf – Armadillo Magazine. Link
  • Building bridges through picture books. By Pippa Goodhart. Link
  • Happy memory of storytime. A blog post by Pippa Goodhart
  • blog by Porirua Children’s Books Librarians, New Zealand
  • Blogs here and here: Wonderful events at Greenwich Book Festival
  • A Bottle of Happiness chosen for Empathy Day
  • poster of this book is now available to download
  • Video: Tiny Owl at Hay Festival
  • Video: Tiny Owl at Greenwich Book Festival
  • Abdollahi’s dandelions on The Booksellers front cover
  • blog about a storytelling event: Happiness on Moon Lane!
  • Windows into illustration: an interview with Ehsan Abdollahi
  • review by Alex Cyrson, an 11 yer old, for The English Association
  • review by Luise Gahan for Reading Zone: What makes us truly happy?
  • Read a blog post: what would our own bottles of happiness hold?
  • Read a blog: A Bottle of Happiness is a perfect Christmas book!
  • A magical puppetry performance of A Bottle of Happiness is coming to Hay Festival! Link
  • Five star review for A Bottle of Happiness – Youth Services Book
  • A review from Shelf Awareness: A dashingly illustrated fable!
  • A review from The Values Bookshelf: A Bottle of Happiness sings with joy!


The Bookseller

A joyful celebration of music, stories, song and community.

The School Library Association

A lovely story which will entertain children as well as teach them.


An important lesson about the value of possessions against the value of friendship.

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