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Before After
by Anne-margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui


Overview - Which came first? No words are necessary in this beautiful, artfully humorous book, in which every turn of the page offers a surprise.
Everyone knows that a tiny acorn grows into a mighty oak and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. But in this clever, visually enchanting volume, it's also true that a cow can result in both a bottle of milk and a painting of a cow, and an ape in a jungle may become an urban King Kong.
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More About Before After by Anne-margot Ramstein; Matthias Arégui
 
 
 
Overview
Which came first? No words are necessary in this beautiful, artfully humorous book, in which every turn of the page offers a surprise.
Everyone knows that a tiny acorn grows into a mighty oak and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. But in this clever, visually enchanting volume, it's also true that a cow can result in both a bottle of milk and a painting of a cow, and an ape in a jungle may become an urban King Kong. Just as day turns into night and back again, a many-tiered cake is both created and eaten down to a single piece. With simple, graphic illustrations sure to appeal to even the youngest of children, this beautiful rumination on the passage of time will please the most discerning adult readers, too.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780763676216
  • ISBN-10: 0763676217
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 176
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-08-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

French artists Arégui and Ramstein don’t just explore the idea of before and after in this wordless book—they pursue it with fervor. Crisply outlined digital images are tinted with muted pastels and splashed with warmer colors. Some are serious, others contain flashes of wit, and an air of scientific objectivity makes the humor even funnier. Many images are naturally suited to the theme—a caterpillar on the left becomes a butterfly on the right, and an acorn becomes an oak tree. A volcano that has erupted appears bare and lifeless; on the facing page, a dense jungle has grown up around it. A pile of ingredients becomes a cake; several pages later, the cake disappears, leaving a lonely slice on a crumb-filled plate. Other images are complex, surprising, and even puckish. The chicken-and-egg problem is addressed (though not solved), and a baby primate in that same volcanic jungle turns into a well-known ape, clinging to a skyscraper and swiping at airplanes. It’s a fascinating examination of the work that time does, and it offers new possibilities—and smiles —every time it’s read. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)

 
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