An inspiring narrative nonfiction picture book by award winners Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean.

In 1942, Sergeant “Griff” Griffin was a prisoner of war. With Christmas approaching, he decided to make a book for the children cooped up in nearby Changi Prison. The book was said to contain the secrets to happiness. But the enemy was suspicious …

With this picture book, award winners Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean bring to life the inspirational true story of a book that became a National Treasure.


The Happiness Box (Walker Books Australia) is written by a formidable pair of Australian picture book creators, Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean, whose illustrations are in pen and watercolour.

Paperbark Words

Highly Recommended.


The Happiness Box is a remarkable new book, about a remarkable old book.

Kids' Book Review

Beautifully told and illustrated, this is a lovely story about the strength of the human spirit.

The Golden Adventures

The Happiness Box offers children a new revelation into Australia’s war history and would be an important asset to every Australian classroom. Highly recommended.

Kids' Book Review


Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, Writing for Children
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