Inside the pages of Happy and Surprise, two children’s books by writer and illustrator, Mies Vin Hout, celebrate words, color, shapes, and sound. Happy draws on emotion, and Surprise is a wondrous journey of parenthood. Throughout each book, one page offers a single word while the other page mirrors with colorful chalk and brush-like images.
An artist friend of mine gifted these two books to my children, and when I found them on my desk at work, I was struck by the curling outlines of the creatures on the cover and inside, each page bursting with color and wonder. Both books are playful, allow room for interpretation, encourage developing narratives through imagination, for curiosity inside and beyond the pages, for happy, surprise.