My younger daughter does not like wordless books. Never has. She likes words. Pictures are all well and good, as long as they are accompanied by words. So I was shocked when I opened a wordless book yesterday and she was intrigued. Before After is rather long too, and she sat for all of it.
The conceit is simply, but oh so cleverly and beautifully executed. Each spread consists of a "before" page and an "after" page; sometimes a double spread will work together to comprise before and then another double spread represents after. The concept is carried out throughout the book, including the endpapers, which show a just-turned-over hourglass at the beginning of the books, and one in which all the sand has come through at the end of the book.
Here are some of our favorites:
|From sheep to wool to clothing|
|Which came first, the chicken or the egg?|