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Happy Book Birthday To THE HAPPY SHOP By Brittany Long Olsen!

Brittany Long Olsen, a successfully self-published graphic novelist, celebrates the publication of her newest middle grade graphic novel today! It’s called THE HAPPY SHOP, and is available from Oni Press.



Eleven-year-old Darcy thinks she’s found the answer to her problems when she discovers a store selling happy feelings. But is happiness really the only emotion people need? A heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel debut for fans of Inside Out and Pilu of the Woods about understanding the value in all feelings.

Welcome to the Happy Shop!

Eleven-year-old Darcy just moved to a new country. She’s feeling lost and misses her friends back home. That’s when she stumbles upon a shop full of mysterious glowing jars labeled with things like “Picking up the last sweater on the rack and it’s on sale” and “Having the perfect weather on your wedding day.” Much to Darcy’s surprise–this store sells happy feelings.

After Darcy accidentally breaks one of the irreplaceable jars, she must make it up to the shopkeepers, Frida and Flora, by doing chores around the store, and is soon tasked with collecting happy feelings. But she learns that the magical business is anything but magical. With fewer customers than ever, Frida and Flora might have to close their doors. Can Darcy think of an idea to save the Happy Shop? What if they sold more than just happy feelings?

From debut writer and illustrator Brittany Long Olsen comes The Happy Shop, a heartfelt story about helping those you love and understanding your feelings.



★ “Vibrant, comic-style illustrations… Readers of all ages will find ways to relate to Darcy.” School Library Journal, starred review

“Great for fans of ­Disney’s Inside Out, this graphic novel belongs on classroom and library shelves for all readers.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This graphic novel is cozy…The art is particularly effective in conveying feelings.” The Bulletin

The Happy Shop is shaping up to be a fine compliment to films such as Pixar’s Inside Out.” Popverse


Brittany Long Olsen has been making autobiographical journal comics for the past ten years and posting them at comicdiaries.com, with several self-published graphic memoirs and a middle grade graphic novel as well. Her autobiographical comics have also been featured on news sites The Nib, The Lily, and the Webby Award-winning By The Way. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their dog Jetpack.


Congratulations, Brittany, from all of us at Team M&O! Purchase the book from Simon & Schuster, Bookshop.org, Barnes & Noble, Target, or indie bookstores including Interabang and your local favorite!


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