„Sometimes the journey is even more fun than the destination“ – these captivating words on the cover of “Playground” got my attention right away. Second came the colorful cover illustration by author and illustrator Mies van Hout. If you read “Happy”, “Friends” or “Pussycat pussycat” you probably already know and love Mies van Hout’s artwork. Her pictures speak mostly for themselves – and she has the wonderful skill to engage readers every age.
“Playground” (love the original title: “Prentenboek“) stays true to the first sentence on it’s cover. Readers follow the main actors of this book, a little girl and boy, to a special playground. First, they run through the dunes – but which part should they take? Little readers can engage, let their fingers do the walking, climb trees, jump from water lily to water lily to get across a river and help their new friends through a busy anthill. And did you ever want to slide down a cliff? A new creature joins the children from each landscape, contributing to an ever-lengthening parade to the playground. “Playground” is not just fun to read, it’s a truly appealing playground for the mind of little ones, offering interactive fun while training coordination and problem solving skill. An all-round carefree package for those evening when children want more than “just” reading!
Mies van Houts watercolor illustrations are just breathtaking. Bursting with color they offer contrast for infants, toddlers and preschoolers will love the details and funny characters of the boy, girl, their cat and animals they meet. Reading this book aloud and playing along just heightens your spirits on a rainy day, after tantrums or a hard day. A fun and colorful book for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Finja will take it to preschool tomorrow and I’m sure it will be a huge hit during story time!
“Playground” was published by Lemniscaat, one of the oldest and most well known children’s book publishers in Holland. Today Lemniscaat is publishing international children’s books in it’s publishing houses Netherlands, China, Italy and the US.