- Hardcover: 52 pages
- Publisher: Lemniscaat USA; Reprint edition (April 1 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935954148
- ISBN-13: 978-1935954149
- Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Happy Hardcover – Apr 1 2012
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"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. I want to hug it and buy a copy for every shorty on my list...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." (New York Times Book Review)
About the Author
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. Over the years, she illustrated quite a lot of children's books. Her illustrations are cheerful and witty, painted skillfully and distinctly.
For Lemniscaat USA, Mies van Hout illustratedBrave Ben,The Child Cruncher,Lovey and DoveyandMine!
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Once inside the covers, you'll find more fish, each drawn in simple, bold strokes of crayon, chalk, and/or oil pastel, and each filling a full page with a black background. Opposite each fish page is a colorful page with a single word describing the feeling, mood, or attitude, ranging from shy to curious, delighted to furious.
That's it, that's all. There aren't many words here, and no story at all. The real magic of this book, though, is that it delights children and truly gets them talking. They pour over the pictures of fish and there are ample opportunities for discussions about feelings and child-initiated storytelling.
Older preschoolers and younger schoolagers may also enjoy creating fish pictures of their own, and this book provides a powerful art lesson on how color choices and a few simple lines can be used to convey a mood.
Best suited for sharing one-on-one, this book is sure to be a favorite.
I'm giving the book only four starts as there is no "happy' within the book itself. Curious, nervous, brave (my personal favorite, shy, surprised, sad, furious, proud, jealous, loving (my daughter's favorite) angry, glad, confused, content, afraid, sure, shocked, astonished, bored, delighted but no happy. My wife claims the cover counts, but I disagree. Each emotion cover two pages, one for the fish and one for the text. 'Happy' on the cover just doesn't do it.
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