Can You See The Magic?


Children - General
36 Pages
Reviewed on 12/14/2017
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Author Biography

Writing has been a part of Chris Stead’s life since he was very young. In fact, he won the “creative writing” award way back in Year 3 at school as a seven-year-old. During his senior school years, Chris wrote constantly, be it stories while he was sitting at his desk in class not concentrating on the teacher, or writing up news reports on all the sports and experiences the kids in his local neighbourhood enjoyed every day.
Fast forward a little and Chris’ media career could only be described as diverse. Spanning publications and clients as broad as Maxim Men’s Magazine to the University of NSW to Game Informer Australia and Krash Kids Magazine he has spent 20+ years writing and editing across the Australian media industry.
In 2014, Chris launched a new chapter in his writing life. He founded his own company, Old Mate Media, and launched the first of a range of children’s books in The Wild Imagination of Willy Nilly series. Chris’s vision for the company is that other aspiring writers who would like to create their own digital and print publications – no matter what the topic – will enlist Old Mate Media to help them turn their dream into a reality.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Can You See The Magic? by Chris Stead is the result of a beautiful collaboration between Chris Stead, the writer, and Els Dirickx, the artist. The story is about a brother and sister who want to show their father that there is magic everywhere and, if he truly believes in it, he can see it. They want to show their father the magic that exists in their farmhouse and as they come across objects and natural shapes, the children try to look beyond and find the magic that is hidden in them. Their father is unable to see the magic that is buried in the objects and shapes around him. Will these two kids be able to make him see the magic?

The concept is magical and I like the way the author weaves whimsy into the normal things one gets to see around them. The pictures are vibrant and vivid. The artist’s vision and the writer’s words combined together make the book dreamy and magical. The book encourages young readers to dream and become imaginative and more creative. The author and the artist have collaborated to create an exceptionally unique book that will make children look at everything around them with a different perspective and create unique artworks. Any book that encourages children to do new things and become creative is a must-read. This book is good for interactive sessions in classrooms where everyone can discuss together the probabilities and possibilities of creating new artworks from mundane objects by looking at them differently. The Reverse Art concept in the book gives a different experience to young readers and introduces them to a new form of tangible art.