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Can You See The Magic? by [Stead,Chris]
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You’ve never experienced a children’s picture book quite like this before. Can You See The Magic? is a collaboration between award-winning author Chris Stead, and visionary artist Els Dirickx. It showcases Els’ work to establish a new discipline called Reverse Art, which she is pioneering from her base in southern Sydney, Australia. It involves photographing mundane items in the environment, and then transforming them into a stunning piece of art through digital etching.

Using this art as a backdrop, Chris has weaved together a story about the magic of the imagination, and what the world can look like through the eyes of a child. The story follows a sister and brother who want to show their daddy all the magic that exists at their farm. If he truly believes, they tell him, he will see it. As they stumble on objects and natural shapes in the world, the kids can see magical images and activities buried within, but their daddy cannot. Will they be able to prove to him that there is magic everywhere? Will he be able to see it?

Your children will not believe their eyes as one simple item like a piece of bark or a rusted car door transforms into a stunning image full of action and adventure. To watch a trailer of the book in action, to read up on its creation and to explore the other amazing books by Chris Stead, visit


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 29747 KB
  • Publisher: Old Mate Media (26 September 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #522,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the best kids books I've ever read. Whether you are a toddler or big kid at heart, it's a must read. A great book to read with and engage the grandkids. Beautiful story and amazing artworks - your imagination will be running wild!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book for the Imagination 15 January 2017
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In my opinion, children's books should not just tell a great story, but they should spark the imagination. This is by far my favorite children's book of the new year. I have shared it with several teachers and students at school. It was great fun watching them look around the room and see the owl in the wood grain on my door or the dragon that is on theirs. This book is great for ALL ages. I teach middle school and my students loved it. Chris Stead has taken the artwork created by Els Dirickx, and created a story where you must use your imagination to see the magic around you. In this story two young children convince their father to walk around the farm with them to see the magic. The father, like most adults tells them there is no such thing as magic. The children assure him there is. They look at rusty old cars, and burnt pieces of wood. This has reignited my already big imagination. I have always seen the magic in things. I used to drive my mother crazy with statements like, “Look at the face in the tile mom, it’s an old man with a droopy hat.” Our imagination served us well when we were growing up on our farm. We spent hours looking at the clouds and other items for the magic in them. I am already a fan of Chris Stead’s books. He worked his own magic when he paired up with this artist who creates something she calls Arikai Reverse art. I highly recommend this book.
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.