Before After

by Anne-margot Ramstein, Matthias Arégui
Illustrator Matthias Arégui

Candlewick Press | October 14, 2014 | Picture Books

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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.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 176 pages, 3.89 × 2.68 × 0.32 in

Published: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763676217

ISBN - 13: 9780763676216

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Before After

by Anne-margot Ramstein, Matthias Arégui
Illustrator Matthias Arégui

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 176 pages, 3.89 × 2.68 × 0.32 in

Published: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763676217

ISBN - 13: 9780763676216

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Matthias Arégui studied illustration at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, France. He created the picture book ABC des Tracas with Anne-Margot Ramstein and is working on his first comic book. He lives in France.

Anne-Margot Ramstein studied art in Paris before joining the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. She created illustrations for ABC des Tracas with Matthias Arégui as well as the children's book Les Illuminations D'Albert Einstein. She lives in France.

Editorial Reviews

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. ... It's a fascinating examination of the work that time does, and it offers new possibilities-and smiles -every time it's read.
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This harmonious album of clean-lined, very simple images in before-and-after pairs or short sequences practically compels viewers to ruminate about changes and seasons. ... Younger children will enjoy the mild challenge of figuring out the connections between, for instance, a slingshot and a broken window, a homing pigeon and an airmail envelope, a woolly sheep and (several steps and a knitted winter hat later) wood smoke drifting from a chimney in the snow. Peaceful, sometimes mildly humorous art provides gentle nudging toward a philosophical frame of mind.
-Kirkus Reviews
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