Happy by Mies Van Hout
April 1, 2012
Ages 2 and up
Fiction Children’s BooksMies van Hout 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.
Reviewer: Renee Hand
Happy is a kaleidoscope of emotional colors splashed on a black canvas of solidarity.
A dramatically colorful, 32-page, hardcover picture book for children ages two and up, Happy takes the reader on a journey of emotional discovery, telling it in a more visual manner because of the limited text.
The pages are similar to a black chalkboard with fish of varying shapes, sizes, and colors displayed on each page and expressing a type of emotion. The illustrations’ colors suggest they were done in chalk, which adds to its captivating appeal for young children.
Happy provides ample opportunities for extensive discussion about the expression of emotions—a true, potentially interactive delight for young readers and their caregivers.