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Before & After - Jean Jullien

Board Book Published: 13th March 2017
ISBN: 9780714874081
Number Of Pages: 40
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

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An enticing collection of before-and-after scenarios, created by master artist and acclaimed author of This Is Not A Book

Graphic artist Jean Jullien insightfully and comically depicts a set of clever and surprising before-and-after two-frame narratives, each progressed by a page turn. From pale skin to sunburned skin, dirty to clean, long hair to short hair (to long again), Jullien masterfully builds anticipation and a satisfying resolution with each pairing. Striking the perfect balance of predictability and unexpectedness, this book will leave readers in wonder as they flip back and forth.


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"Forget the "before" and "after" scenarios you've seen in books, because I guarantee you the situations we see in Jean Jullien's Before & After are funnier, more colorful, and waaaaay more satisfying." -Let's Talk Picture Books "A sweet addition to baby's bookshelf. Before & After features bold graphics to make learning playful and imaginative" -Baby London "A charming board book for young children with and art- and design-conscious parents. Witty and bold graphics depict various situations in their "before" and "after" states."-Illustration "Visual goodness in a sturdy board book format for younger fingers to tackle... Insightful and humorous."-PictureBookBlogger "Little hands can cause big damage to traditional tomes, which is why board books are so fabulous... Jullien's This is Not a Book is still a favourite with Alfie (nearly eight) and Kitty (four and a half). His illustrations are so engaging and entertaining they have been known to make them laugh out loud. His latest work looks at the concept of before and after, with a surprise reveal on every page turn, plus a bonus gatefold. It explores dirty then clean, long hair then short and bump then baby, plus more advanced ideas such as egg then chicken (or chicken then egg?) through bold, striking images on colourful glossy pages."-BambinoGoodies.co.uk "Deviously playful... Rewarding, thought-provoking."-Publishers Weekly "An imaginative and playful board book... Using bold graphics on thick sturdy coloured pages Jullien takes a simple learning concept adding some novel examples which is what makes Before & After an ideal book to share with a young child."-OutsideInWorld.org.uk "I would be remiss in not mentioning that Before & After by Jean Jullien is also ahighly creative title in the same vein, and also very funny indeed."-School Library Journal - FuseEight blog "Bold colors and witty contrasts give appeal to Before & After."-The Wall Street Journal "The before-and-after pair pattern continues in creative ways, and occasionally it breaks, entertainingly, to incorporate additional time spans... Witty."-Horn Book "A brilliant conversation book for even the tiniest toddlers, this book is another example of why Jean Jullien is one of the most exciting illustrators around."-BookTrust.org "A pretty book with charming illustrations which also happens to be quite sturdy - and will survive repeated attacks by pre-schoolers."-Absolutely Mama "Whimsical illustrations challenge young readers to go beyond the obvious... Should spark interesting conversations between children and their adult readers. Older preschoolers maturing from concrete thinking to more abstract thought will find this a hoot."-Kirkus Reviews "A unique and successful concept book for early learning and social emotional learning classrooms."-School Library Journal

ISBN: 9780714874081
ISBN-10: 0714874086
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old
Format: Board Book
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 13th March 2017
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 16.7  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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Jean Jullien

About the Author


Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist currently living in London. He comes from Nantes and did a graphic design degree in Quimper before coming to London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008 and from the Royal College of Art in 2010. He works closely with the musician The Coward. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work.

He has worked for the New York Times, the New Yorker, The Guardian, Beams, RCA records, the Connaught, Colette, SZ magazin, National Geographic, Le Grand Palais, Le Centre Pompidou, Amnesty International, Esquire, Le Coq Sportif, Le Bon Marché, Hermès, Mr Porter, Champion USA, Salomon, Petit Bateau, Vogue, and more.

He has shown work all around the world, from Paris to London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and other places.

He’s published numerous children books with Phaidon, Walker Books and Comme des Géants. He has also published a monography and series of books gathering his humorous visual puns.

In 2011, he founded Jullien Brothers, a duo specialised in moving image: jullienbrothers.com

In 2012, he created News of the Times with Yann Le Bec and Gwendal Le Bec

In 2016, he created the brand Nounou with Jae Huh, a label producing a wide range of things, from clothing to dolls and rugs.

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