June 20, 2019


Inside Outside by Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui is a wordless meditation on the concept of "inside" and "outside."

Readers open the book to find two images sitting side-by-side with an "inside" on the verso page and an "outside" on the recto. We see a duckling about to enter the world on one side and the duckling's expectant mother on the other. A cutaway of an apple with a worm wiggling through it sits on the verso page, and a woman about to eat the apple appears on the recto.

The digital illustrations are rife with little complexities and details, and in addition to the back and forth we feel between each "before" and "after," Ramstein and Arégui also dedicate a few pages to essentially "zooming out" over the course of two spreads. We're constantly on the move, always going between inside to outside, but at the same time there's a lot of room to slow down and take in every detail. The lines are impeccable, and the mostly muted colors make each image feel like a still shot from a movie.

Inside Outside published earlier this year from Candlewick Studio.

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