Mies Van Hout is a master at creating books with meaning for toddlers to young adolescents, and their parents. Artwork, created using chalk and pastel in carefully-chosen brilliant colors and placed on black backgrounds, give full attention to the two figures chosen to represent a single word on each double-page spread.
The twelve words shared show friendship in a variety of contexts. The creatures differ in size, are quirky in nature and being. It is obvious that they have feelings for each other; these feelings vary through a gamut of images, exploring play, boredom, fight, hope and others. I could go on to describe each one. It would be so much more entertaining if you took the time to find this wonderful book in a bookstore or at the library. What a perfect gift it would make for a little one interested in expanding vocabulary and keen to talk about emotions felt when dealing with friends.
Pair it with Happy (2023) to put in a Christmas basket for your favorite little one. They will find much to love about both books. Then, check out other books written by this prolific and exceptional artist.