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By Mies van Hout
Illustrated by Mies van Hout
Picture Book for Children Ages 3–9
ISBN: 978-1-77278-291-2
List Price: $22.95 CAD / $18.95 USD
Trim Size: 8.5 x 10.5 inches / 21.59 x 26.67 cm
Pages: 28

Publication Date: October 3, 2023

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

“Van Hout expertly conveys the emotional peaks and valleys of each friendship; the monster’s eyes and expressions speak volumes.”— Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*

 Back in print at last! Award-winning author-illustrator Mies Van Hout celebrates the fun (and sometimes bumpy) stages of friendship as monster friends play, fight, and reconcile.

Set against Mies van Hout’s iconic black backgrounds and utilizing the same vibrant pastel style of the internationally bestselling Happy, each spread of Friends shows a pair of childlike monsters portraying a single verb, from play to tease to fight, reconcile, and cuddle. Originally published in 2013, this critically acclaimed picture book is both a beautiful art book and a valuable tool for social-emotional learning. Carefully crafted “monster” characters express an emotional depth that is visually stunning and relatable to children and adults alike.

This new, high-value edition of Friends features extra-heavy pages that, like the truest friendship, will stand the test of time and repeated readings.


“Van Hout expertly conveys the emotional peaks and valleys of each friendship.”—Publishers Weekly *Starred Review* 

“[V]an Hout captures the landscape of friendship for toddlers through teens and beyond…Like the earlier Happy (2012), this conveys emotional heft and arresting images in an appealing, child-size package.”Kirkus Reviews 

“Colorful childlike drawings…cleverly explore playfulness, boredom, teasing, fighting, making up, cuddling, and so on…This book has a lot of child appeal, and no doubt youngsters will choose a favorite monster they can relate to. This short book will pair well in storytimes with other picture books about friendship.”—School Library Journal 

“Laid out on twelve black spreads, with dynamic and very animated pastel drawings, van Hout shows young readers a series of monster friendships.”—7 Impossible Things