For the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing books new to our children’s department in honor of summer library program. Programs start Tuesday and Friday of next week. If you have questions give the library a call on Monday.
Predicting the future is usually best left to weather forecasters and insurance salesmen, but in everyday tasks you can usually predict what will happen. Forget sunscreen? You’ll turn red and tender. Feel the need for a glass of milk? You’ll be leaving the jug just a little lighter.
This week’s review of the board book Before & After written and illustrated by Jean Jullien helps the littlest of readers start to learn the consequences of their actions. The cover shows a hand holding an extra wide ice cream cone with both a perfect swirl and a gloopy mess. Inside the words are mostly “before” and “after” with pictures to illustrate the point. But it’s not always what you might expect – even the adult readers will be left guessing! What looks like a series of yellow lines on a black background becomes a delicious plate of spaghetti. Highlighting that age old question, the pages with the egg and the chicken have a question mark after “before” and “after.”
One fold-out section features not only smiles in a roller coaster car before, but shocked expressions after! The fold-out shows a pretty wild ride with the word “during.” This book is a quick read that should leave the readers – both young and old – with a few giggles.
You can get the item reviewed here, which was Before & After, written and illustrated by Jean Jullien , and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”