Before & after…

We are very much enjoying these two clever board books: from art publishers Phaidon is  Before & After by Jean Julien, My Pictures After the Storm by Eric Veille, is from Gecko Press.







You probably get the idea of the main theme, the plot as it were, of the books but they are delightfully illustrated, with sophisticated examples that will draw a smile from old and young alike. Before & After looks simpler:

but introduces some interesting philosophical ideas:




My Pictures After the Storm shows a page of pictures before something happens to them, like a storm, or a playfight, or a trip to the hairdresser, and then the effect on the pictures:







My favourite might be after the elephant, here in the original French (elephant/éléphant the effect is the same…