Before After

Before After


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Before After by Matthias Aregui, Anne-Margot Ramstein

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763676216
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 375,106
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received the reinforced trade edition; it is quite sturdy, but heavy for a children's book. There are NO words. I wonder if the four-to- eight-year age group might not be a little young to work out some of the progressions. I haven't had a chance to look at it with any children yet, but hope to at Thanksgiving. The copyright date is 2013, but some of the illustration choices seem to date from much earlier. Typewriters and airmail letters are things rapidly disappearing. Perhaps the authors' intention is to have viewers discuss the meaning of the order and scenes with one another.