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.
Praise for "Happy" ""a delightful amuse-bouche of a book"" - Publishers Weekly, starred review "" Mies van Hout's "Happy" is a tour de force of underwater awesomeness and emotion, showcasing what an artist can do with a few pastels, black paper and something fundamental to express...On the last page, a gloriously plump whalelike creature surges upward, ending the book with a surprising sense of closure: ""delighted."" No reader could feel otherwise.' - "The New York Times Book Review"""The line, color, and texture make each page a pleasure to return to, and each single word is fully expressed in its corresponding picture. Along with the azure-and-sky-blue ovoid fish at the end, readers will pronounce themselves, in yellow, white and green letters, 'delighted.'"" "Kirkus"