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The anticipation, joy, challenges and rewards of parenthood, captured by "Happy" artist Mies van Hout. From longing and expecting, via marvelling and nursing, to listening and eventually letting go - Mies van Hout has created a picture book that will conjure a lasting smile on the face of every parent and parent-to-be. Just as fish expressed the emotions of "Happy" and monsters big and small portrayed the stages of "Friends, " Mies van Hout's birds of wonder convey the journey of parenthood with colorful exuberance.
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AUTHOR BIOMies 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. Over the years, she illustrated quite a lot of children's books. Her illustrations are cheerful and witty, painted skillfully and distinctly.


"About Friends."Starred 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...Van Hout expertly conveys the emotional peaks and valleys of each friendship...Publishers Weekly

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