Before After (Hardcover)

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A beautiful and profound meditation on the passage of time and a fantastic example of what picture books are capable of in the hands of real artists. People of all ages will find lots to think about in this gorgeous worldless book... 

— From Sarah


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763676216
ISBN-10: 0763676217
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Pages: 176
Language: English