Friends by Mies van Hout
(Lemniscaat, 2019, 32 pages)
A monstrously funny book about the ups and downs of being friends
Friends charts the emotional ups and downs of friendship through a group of loveable monsters, from fighting and falling out to laughing and loving. Each spread features one emotionally charged word and a characterful scribbly illustration. There’s plenty to explore in the expressions of the monsters, whether it’s the mischievous delight of pinching a friend or the meaningful glance that says just how much you miss a special monster. Little monsters of all ages will love this book. Friends is Mies van Hout’s follow-up title to the hugely successful Happy.