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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Before & After
by Jean Jullien
Age Range: Under_5
Popular French graphic designer Jean Jullien has produced an imaginative and playful board book depicting amusing ‘before-and-after’ scenarios. As well as the more obvious images such as the depiction of an egg followed by a picture of a chicken there are some unusual ones too. Strands of uncooked spaghetti stand upright on one page and is then transformed into plate of cooked spaghetti with a tomato sauce. Another sees a child with long hair, the ‘after’ with it cut short and ‘way after’ it is long again. In the middle of the book there is a surprise double-gatefold opening creating a four-frame sequence telling the before and after of a Dad with his child on a roller coaster which is bound to elicit a giggle.
Using bold graphics on thick sturdy coloured pages Jullien takes a simple learning concept adding some novel examples which is what makes Before and After an ideal book to share with a young child.