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Our motto at Clavis Publishing is "we make children's dreams come true!". We believe that our books stimulate the imagination and dreams of the future generations. If children can realize their dreams, they will build a better world and a better future. We're convinced that the world of tomorrow will resemble the dreams of today's children.

Monique van den Hout

Biography of Monique van den Hout, illustrator of the children's picture book "Chow Mein and Potstickers" published by Clavis Publishing, New York.


Monique van den Hout

Each piece, in commission or otherwise, is a new beginning for me. In terms of style, technique and visual appearance: even after twenty years, I still start from scratch each and every time. Not everything happens in my studio in Bergen op Zoom (the Netherlands), because inspiration is everywhere: on the road, while riding my bike, in and on the water. My images evolve bit by bit, slowly expressing what’s not immediately tangible. My illustrations are not decorations, but broader and more expansive works, opening new perspectives: in editorial work for newspapers and magazines, they are invitations to read the story; in picture books, they offer new layers to discover; in portraits, they show the inner world of the person. Nonverbally and transcending language, my images try to communicatie deeper emotions – time and time again.