Friends by Mies van Hout
Welcome to Dutch artist Mies van Hout’s imaginative world of ingenious simplicity: one verb + one illustration of two friends = goofy, gleeful joy. Put all the stupendous spreads together and you have a succinct, perfect picture of the stages of friendship, from thrilling “play,” to the occasional “bore,” to a moment to “cry,” then “hope,” to finally “make up” and return to “laugh” and “cuddle.” All in a day’s work …
Van Hout’s fantastical creatures romp and battle, hang and emote, whine and grin, glance and dance, as they figure out the intricate details of how to care and nurture their relationships. While the intended audience might be our youngest readers, we would all – including every world leader, ahem! – do well to keep a well-thumbed copy on their desk!
Published: 2012, 2013 (United States)