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Publisher Comments:

Happy was an international hit that showed off Mies van Hout's uncanny ability to convey feelings with her vibrant illustrations.
With Friends she goes one step further and shows emotional interactions. Just as she made the fish of Happy uniquely hers, here she uses monsters to show different situations--they cuddle, laugh, play, but they also fight, tease and more--making the images recognizable for little monsters of all ages.

Review:

"Van Hout used wildly expressive fish to illustrate emotions in 2012's Happy. Twelve pairs of equally exuberant monster friends do the job in this excellent companion book, each representing a verb. As in Happy, Van Hout's scribbly, childlike creations are set against a pure black backdrop, letting his neon palette shine all the brighter. While different monsters appear on each spread, there is a clear emotional arc. The word 'play' opens the book, as a yellow doglike creature in a sweater and a turquoise horned monkey smile giddily at each other. 'Bore' on the next page leads to 'tease,' which begets 'fight,' as two monsters bite and claw furiously at each other. Crying, embarrassment, and reconciliation bring the book to its satisfying conclusion. Van Hout expertly conveys the emotional peaks and valleys of each friendship; the monster's eyes and expressions speak volumes, whether in the case of the small smile of a monster that mischievously pokes a much larger creature with a scorpion's tail, or the quiet, regretful glances that two tiny beasties cast at each other, which say all there is to say about 'hope.' Ages 2 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Mies van Hout (1962) studied at the Arts Academy in Groningen, where she majored in graphic design. She has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer since 1989 and has illustrated many children's books over the years. Her skillful and distinctive illustrations are cheerful and witty.

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Tynaarlo (The Netherlands)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781935954231
Author:
Van Hout, Mies
Publisher:
Lemniscaat USA
Author:
Hout, Mies Van
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full color illustrations throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.5 x 8.5 in
Age Level:
from 2

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Product details 32 pages Lemniscaat USA - English 9781935954231 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Van Hout used wildly expressive fish to illustrate emotions in 2012's Happy. Twelve pairs of equally exuberant monster friends do the job in this excellent companion book, each representing a verb. As in Happy, Van Hout's scribbly, childlike creations are set against a pure black backdrop, letting his neon palette shine all the brighter. While different monsters appear on each spread, there is a clear emotional arc. The word 'play' opens the book, as a yellow doglike creature in a sweater and a turquoise horned monkey smile giddily at each other. 'Bore' on the next page leads to 'tease,' which begets 'fight,' as two monsters bite and claw furiously at each other. Crying, embarrassment, and reconciliation bring the book to its satisfying conclusion. Van Hout expertly conveys the emotional peaks and valleys of each friendship; the monster's eyes and expressions speak volumes, whether in the case of the small smile of a monster that mischievously pokes a much larger creature with a scorpion's tail, or the quiet, regretful glances that two tiny beasties cast at each other, which say all there is to say about 'hope.' Ages 2 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Mies van Hout (1962) studied at the Arts Academy in Groningen, where she majored in graphic design. She has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer since 1989 and has illustrated many children's books over the years. Her skillful and distinctive illustrations are cheerful and witty.
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