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 www.oldmatemedia.com