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My Pictures After the Storm

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  65 reviews
With its funky format, clever rhymes and funny images, My Pictures after the storm is a witty and inventive take on "before" and "after." ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Gecko Press (first published October 15th 2014)
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Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Consequences or before and after requests
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First picture sets stage and the second picture has differences due to some event.

Board book size creates a question if the appropriate audience will find it. I don't think there is enough for I Spy or Waldo fans, possible use for consequences. Rounded down because illustrations didn't grab me.
Samuel Tyler
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
One of the staples of baby books are those that look at opposites. This elephant is big, whilst this mouse is small. They help children to understand the world around them, but can also be a little dull. What about a more interesting book about cause and effect that looks at what happens before and after an event. You could start off gently by seeing what happens to items after a storm, but if you are Eric Veillé you can soon spiral into a madcap world of elephant stampedes and babies being born ...more
Homewood Library
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Children's books about opposites are a dime a dozen. Children's books about cause and effect, however, are a little more rare. This one using the interesting set up of a storm (what before the storm looks like, and what after the storm looks like) to establish some humorous visual gags. The colorful pages are sure to grab the eye of children.

Although some before and after pairs are very easily understood, like the items from the beach being blown away, or lunch being eaten, some of the humor is
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
What does a spotted ball look like after an elephant? A pizza of course! The theme of this amusing children’s book are before and after happenings drawn in simple style pictures is The pages are colourful, the objects easily recognisable and the humour delicious. The book has a cardboard cover and the pages sturdy enough to survive handling from younger children.

My four-year-old laughed uproariously at some of the situations but required an explanation for others. He enjoyed the ridiculousness
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Funny quirky board book.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely one of the quirkiest picture books of the year. Readers will enjoy seeing the before and after humor.
Stephanie Bange
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun way to teach the concept of "before and after". On each two page spread, Veille shows his pictures -- to the left is the way he normally sees the subjects, on the right is after something has caused it to change. Examples include "after the storm"... in which everything on the left is shown topsy turvy on the right, "after the elephant"...on the right they are squashed, "after lunch" is eaten (or not in the case of the boiled spinach!), "after some magic"...the frog is changed ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Before and after takes a humorous turn in this picture book. The first part of each pair of illustrations shows normalcy. Then something happens and everything changes. In the first pages, there are items from a beach and then after the storm things are tipped over, towels blow away, and ice cream falls. Lunch is shown and then after lunch everything is munched and changed. Other changes get more silly such as animals going to a hairdresser or mislabeled objects get relabeled or creatures eat to ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb-humor-silly
In addition to completely defying my categorization scheme, for reasons I can't describe (the sly, sardonic wit, perhaps?) this picture book made me think to myself, "Could that have been more French?" Not sure which kids I'd be successful in sharing this with, but I myself had quite a chuckle over it. And now I'm off to contemplate whether or not to add a picture book shelf here labelled...what? "Consequences," perhaps? Hmm... ...more
Allison Turkish
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
My 5- and 7-year-old and I all very much enjoyed this book. Some pages are just ok, but some are hysterical. I cut out a piece of black paper and put it on top of the right-hand side of each spread so the "after" page would be more of a surprise.
This book would be great for an elementary school or art teacher to use as a lesson. My son, on his own, created some before and after stories after we read this book a few times.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
August 2017 - I put this on hold after reading something about the process of translating it, and Ben loves it! Each spread is a mini-story, and some are funnier than others. Sometimes the humor is in the before-and-after language, sometimes in the pictures. Ben's favorite is probably "My pictures - my pictures after a cold" - saying "badada" and "lebod" for banana and lemon has him rolling. ...more
Before and after ... calm and chaos. Thoroughly entertaining for all ages. Whimsical illustrations for younger people and quirky wordplay humour for adults. A great sharing-time book for families.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun book! This will be great for ages 3-Adult. On the left side is a set of pictures that change after something happens, which are reflected on the right side. "My pictures after the storm" is one scenario. Another is "My pictures after too many potato chips." Good stuff! ...more
Jan Polep
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you don't laugh out loud reading this one, you need to get out of your serious mode more often. Much of this one may be wasted on the young...subtle humor, silly pictures...especially My Pictures After a Cannonball. ...more
Starts out as a straightforward "before" and "after" book, but ends with some humorous twists that reward close reading. Would also be fun to do your own as a group activity after reading. Who can come up with the most creative example? ...more
Elaine Fultz
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-2-read-alouds
Unique and comical concept of befores and afters. The effectiveness is potentially diminished for US kids by the use of UK/Euro terms (in the nip = naked) and a loopy cursive-ish font. Worth a look for kids with an appreciation for offbeat humor.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read, five-star
Got strange looks in the bookshop because I was laughing too much reading this!

Would like to read the french original for some of the rhymes and wordplay; however the translations felt good overall.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super unique "before & after" picture book. Maybe a bit of dark humor... I would gear this towards 2nd/3rd grade readers instead of your littlest ones! But what chuckles I got out of this one! =) ...more
Sue Mosher
May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I found this a bit creepy for young kids, but older ones might appreciate the black humor of things being stepped on by an elephant or eaten by a crocodile. Also the words are in cursive.
Michelle Gray
I enjoyed the illustrations but I found the font really hard to read, especially words that started with b, p, and r.
Clever concept but didn't work for me. ...more
This was a hilarious book!! I need to add this to my personal collection. Extremely clever and witty. Highly recommend.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I always question rhymes in translated works.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Interesting concept of before and after, but a little too conceptual for a four year old. You'll have to do a lot of explaining. ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quirky and hilarious fun.
Kristina Jean Lareau
A clever, tongue-in-cheek "before-after" book that will spark a lot of dialogue! Great for one-on-one sharing! ...more
Pros: A clever take on before-and-after (nice STEM concept), each spread showing changes to specific items before and after things like: a storm; a practical joke; four mouthfuls; a cold; etc. Comical pictures of smirking goats and startled parsnips. Bright colors underscore the silliness. Interesting vocabulary. A certain scatalogical snarkiness.

Would pair nicely with Who Done It? by Olivier Tallec.

Cons: Cursive is hard for young Americans. All human characters appear to be white. Not quite sur
Syntha Green
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a funny picture book that will help kids understand cause and effect, a hard concept to get across in a book. This does not read much like a story.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb
Fun book for discussing connections through eye spy, cause and effect, jokes.
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Eric Veillé est né en 1976 à Laval. Après des études d’arts appliqués à l’école Duperré à Paris et un exil de deux ans au Cambodge, sa bande dessinée absurde Le Sens de la vie et ses frères, paraît chez Cornélius en 2008. Directeur artistique dans l’édition, il décide un jour de printemps de se consacrer à l’écriture et l’illustration de livres jeunesse. Depuis, il a publié de nombreux albums chez ...more

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