Special Mention, BolognaRagazzi Award 2016 for Disability
I Can’t See tells the story of a boy who cannot see as he tries to make his way from his home to the park. Together with him, we experience the darkness, but through his voice, we smell and feel the world around us anew.
Tsai Chao-Lun’s powerful black and white illustrations, mixed with an almost surreal use of language, bring to life a world we don’t normally experience. Only at the very end do we realise, this was a game designed to open up our imaginations and make us appreciate our ability to see.
What the Jury (of BolognaRagazzi) said:
I Can’t See tells the story of what it’s like to be blind and the difficulties encountered when venturing outdoors. The reader is guided through a world of darkness and shown some of the coping strategies put into practice by the unsighted. By depicting the world in unremitting black and white, the author helps the reader overcome initial disorientation, taking the story to its surprising ending.