What a Wonderful World (Board book)

By Bob Thiele, George David Weiss, Tim Hopgood (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781627792561, 28pp.

Publication Date: December 16, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (12/16/2014)

List Price: 7.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Now available as a board book!

The classic and beloved song is brought to life with bright and colorful illustrations by Tim Hopgood.

First recorded in 1967 by Louis Armstrong, and with sales of over one million copies, "What a Wonderful World" has become a poignant message of hope for people everywhere. Sweet and positive in its message, with bright, beautiful art, this book is sure to be a hit. Perfect for sharing!

About the Author

Bob Thiele (1922-1996) was a record producer and jazz radio host who worked with legendary artists such as Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, and B.B. King. His most successful song was Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

George David Weiss (1921-2010) was a highly prolific songwriter and arranger and film score composer. He wrote or rewrote lyrics to such classic songs as "Lullaby of Birdland" (Ella Fitzgerald), "Can't Help Falling in Love" (Elvis Presley), "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (The Tokens), and "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong). In 1984, Weiss was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Tim Hopgood lives with his wife, children, and cats in North Yorkshire, England. A veteran graphic designer, he is the creator of more than ten picture books, including his book about colors, Wow! Said the Owl.

Praise For What a Wonderful World

“Hopgood interprets this beloved ballad, written by Thiele and Weiss and made famous by Louis Armstrong. His colorful mixed-media collages present a hopeful world, filled with summery trees, sunny blue skies, and pastoral scenes from around the globe. . . . an upbeat story hour selection.” —Booklist

“With a satisfying night-to-day-to-night cycle, the book not only reinforces the concepts of colors but also provides a sense of security of the way things are supposed to be in the world. The repeated refrain of 'Wow!' throughout the book will elicit a chorus among young listeners at storytime.” —Booklist on Wow! Said the Owl

“Straightforward and flowing, this title makes a satisfying introduction to the colors of the day.” —School Library Journal on Wow! Said the Owl

“This sweet, wonder-filled picture book will make a good addition to toddler storytime and a perfect bedtime read, too.” —The Horn Book on Wow! Said the Owl