Chrissy Byers, The Magic in Boxes, Books by Chrissy Byers, Dec 2015, 52pp, $16.99 (hbk), ISBN 9780994368407
Printed using recycled materials , this book is in equal part story for younger reader and an ideas book for teachers and parents. This interesting idea of a book as a guide to imaginative play, features two young boys who explore the creation of an imagined world using everyday found objects.
Illustrations are a collaborative venture with inputs from graphic designers, artists, photographers and the author. Each page has clear and direct text to transform the mundane into the magic, which is depicted on the following page. So much rich visual input could have been further enhanced by a greater connection with reader and children and between the boys themselves. Perhaps girls may have rounded out the story a little more too.
Reviewed by Chris Dayman