My Pictures After the Storm
With its funky format, clever rhymes, and funny images, My Pictures after the Storm is a witty and inventive take on before and after.
What happens to a lion after a storm? His mane is swept into a disheveled mess. What becomes of a pear after an elephant passes by? Compote A frog after a spell? A prince. And the room after a battle? A big mess
My Pictures after the Storm will have you chuckling at the after-effects of a dive bomb, a hairdresser, a flu, and more.
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About the Author
Eric Veillé was born in 1976 in Laval, France, and has released many books as author and illustrator, including My Pictures after the Storm and The Bureau of Misplaced Dads.
"French author-illustrator Veillé creates a mischievous take on cause and effect in this paper-over-board title featuring collections of cartoons in eye-catching primary colors. Left-hand pages, labeled 'my pictures, ' present objects, people, or animals that are transformed by various events. On one spread, a 'cake, ' 'octopus, ' and 'pig' appear at left, but 'after an elephant' they are obliterated, becoming a 'splitch, ' a 'splotch, ' and a flattened 'piece of ham.' Elsewhere, 'bread, ' an 'apple, ' and 'cheese' are reduced to 'crumbs, ' 'core, ' and 'rind' after lunch, and 'after a cold' a 'lebod' and 'dobado' are restored to a 'lemon' and 'tomato, ' respectively. Unexpected giggles await with every page turn."--starred, Publishers Weekly--Journal
"Upending the notion that board books are for toddlers (except, perhaps, the Baby Lit(TM) 'classics, ' appearing on coffee tables and in adult birthday gift bags), is this imaginative romp, a charming and clever offspring of Word Play and Doodle. An array of simple objects occupies the left side of each spread, serving as a 'before' image; the right side displays the same objects 'after' an event. Apple, bread, cheese, yogurt cup, water glass, ant, and bowl of boiled spinach are respectively transformed 'after lunch' into a core, crumbs, cheese rind, yogurt dregs, ant back-stroking in a puddle of water next to a tipped glass, and a sadly untouched bowl of boiled spinach. Do not, however, expect these transformations to march forward in predictable lockstep. A horse, boot, farmer, watering can, worm, and tractor are all mislabeled on the left and properly identified on the right, 'after correction.' A badada, dobado, odiod, and lebod return to their perky, healthful selves--banana, tomato, onion, lemon--when they've recovered 'after a cold.' Many of the sparely rendered vignettes are comically expressive in reaction to the shenanigans, even the octopus and pig flattened into 'a splatch' and 'a piece of ham' after the elephant. Leave a copy casually open at the desk for instant circulation, or put the art teacher, language arts teacher, and this title together and wait for creative sparks to fly."--starred, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"In a sturdy, bright-orange volume, French illustrator Eric Veillé takes the elements of a workaday word book--page after page of pictures of objects laid out and neatly labeled--and creates something at turns sublime and ridiculous in 'My Pictures After the Storm' (Gecko, 32 pages, $16.99). Babies and toddlers won't be the only ones to enjoy this droll collection, which turns and twists in the ideas it presents. We start off straightforwardly enough, seeing beach-goers and beachy accouterments on the left-hand page ('my pictures') and, on the right, the same people and objects after a storm. An ice cream cone, in this scene, becomes 'ice cream gone!' Things quickly turn surreal, though. On the next page we see things before and after 'the elephant' (everything is squashed flat), 'correction' (all the labels have been put in the right rather than the wrong places), 'the hairdresser' (a goat gets dreadlocks) and 'after too many potato chips' (see above). Brilliantly, there's even an array of edibles 'after a cold.' In this case, on the left side are droopy fruits and vegetables identified as the 'lebod, ' the 'dobado' and the 'odiod.' On the right, they're written without congestion: lemon, tomato and onion. This is a terrific little book that will amuse all out of proportion to its size."--The Wall Street Journal--Newspaper
"A whimsical series of before-and-after images, from the author of The Bureau of Misplaced Dads (illustrated by Pauline Martin, 2015). The book is printed on heavy stock with board covers but is not exactly toddler fare. Within, contrasting sets of very simply drawn cartoons on opposite sides of each spread offer amusing--if usually calamitous--changes by named but never-seen agencies. After a storm, for instance, a towel-clad 'boy on a ship' becomes a naked (discreetly posed) 'boy in the nip.' Similarly, 'after the elephant, ' a cake, an octopus, and a castle are left, respectively, 'a splitch, ' 'a splatch, ' and 'a splotch'; food items are transformed 'after lunch' to a few remnants (except for a plate of boiled spinach, which remains, oddly, unchanged); and 'after the hairdresser, ' a billy goat ends up a multibraided 'silly goat.' Considering that the labels are translated from the French, Hahn merits a nod for the frequent rhymes and other wordplay. There's no overall sense of development or resolution to the arbitrarily ordered contents, and human figures, when they appear, are all white. Still, the comical contrasts between the befores and the afters will elicit chuckles, and filling in the betweens can only add to the fun. Droll, imagination-stretching ways to get from here to there, from this to that, from now to later."--starred, Kirkus Reviews--Journal
"This subversive French import riffs on the standard before-and-after construct with a crafty conceit and playful presentation. The opening spread is simple enough. On the left sits a grouping of seaside items, titled 'MY PICTURES, ' each labeled in loopy cursive. On the right 'MY PICTURES after the storm' display the same items, now altered: the pail is a puddle, the slide is overturned (its label written upside down), and the parasol is almost out of frame. Subsequent juxtapositions up the ante with increasingly beguiling transmogrifications. A family spread features, on the left side, a boy, his father, and pregnant mother. On the right, 'after the baby, ' a screaming baby sister is surrounded by a vast array of infant paraphernalia, and the older child appears perplexed. A bedroom spread includes a monster and a mosquito on the left; on the right the monster is revealed to be a couple of coats on a rack, and the narrator, covered in welts, has become a monster (the mosquito is nowhere to be seen). While board covers, sturdy pages, and the picture-dictionary format may suggest early learning, do not be fooled: this conceptual compendium aims squarely at the elementary set with provocative delight."--starred, The Horn Book Magazine--Journal