Who wrote the original Smurfs book?

Pierre Culliford, also known as Peyo, is the original creator of the Smurf stories/cartoons. In 1958, the first Smurf appeared in the “Johan et Pirlouit” comic, in the story “La Flute a Six Trous.” Later, the Smurfs were spun-off from the “Johan et Pirlouit” comic into their own, and it did well. Fred Silverman, an NBC executive, had a daughter that loved the Smurfs so much that she thought they should have their own show. Silverman contacted Hanna Barbera and got the Smurfs on to US TV.