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Our Tower Synopsis

This magical story follows three children living in a tower block, as they embark on a fantastical adventure which helps them see their home in a new light.

A deeply personal story written by the award winning poet Joseph Coelho, drawn from his own experience growing up in a tower block and looking for adventure.

This story is a celebration of, and a reclaiming of tower blocks as a place where magic and adventure can happen. It's a modern-day fable that shows the children of a tower block travelling to a strange, magical world inside a tree and meeting an old man with supernatural powers, only to realise that the magic they'd been looking for had been in their tower all along.

Beautiful illustrations complement the poetic narrative, creating an enchanting story which children and adults alike will fall in love with.

This powerful story is about how society separates 'urban' spaces from the countryside, but the reality is that nature is everywhere, and everyone should have access to it.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780711268821
Publication date: 2nd August 2022
Author: Joseph Coelho
Illustrator: Richard Johnson
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
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A poetic and beautifully illustrated story of the magic of nature and where we find beauty in our lives.

Beautifully rich in both language and illustrations, Our Tower is a book for adults and children to share and to keep returning to again and again. There is much to explore and talk about in the magical images by Richard Johnson which accompany Joseph Coelho’s lyrical text.
The book accompanies three children on a journey from a grey, urban landscape to a wondrous forest inhabited by an ancient tree spirit. Coelho’s writing becomes increasingly poetic as the children wander deeper into the natural landscape and the setting becomes more wondrous.

Alison D'Urso

We really like Our Tower because lots of books make you wish you lived somewhere else, but this book is about seeing the special in where you already are.

This book is really beautiful. It started out as a book where you think the message is about how much better it is in the countryside and that tower blocks are bad, but then the children meet someone who turns that idea upside down. We really like it because lots of books make you wish you lived somewhere else, but this book is about seeing the special in where you already are, and how you could make it more special. It’s a picture book so probably aimed at younger children, but it was really restful, and we liked looking for all the hidden details in the pictures, and the way the light and colours reflect the story. Most kids do live in cities and in tower blocks so it’s good to make them feel connected with nature too.

Ollie and Toby Hopwood

This book is stunning!

This book is stunning! I was excited to read this book to my KS1 class, the front cover drew us in straight away but we could not have imagined just how enthralling the story and illustrations were going to be! We related straight away to the characters of the tower block and could see ourselves in them, trapped in the dreary, grey city. Then the hope of nature, life and growth gripped us as the colour began to trickle back into the pages. The magical adventure took us on a journey of hope to a place that we all dream of. We spent a lot of time dissecting and discussing the illustrations of the woods, the use of shape and colour shades had us hooked.

Ursula Curtis