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Our Tower

Written by Joseph Coelho

Illustrated by Richard Johnson

Key Stage 1 Adventure Stories Family / Home Stories Poetry

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.

Our Tower Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A poetic and beautifully illustrated story of the magic of nature and where we find beauty in our lives. Full review

Alison D'Urso (Teacher Reviewer)

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. Full review

Ollie and Toby Hopwood (Age 12 and 10)

This book is stunning! Full review

Ursula Curtis (Teacher Reviewer)

Our Tower Press Reviews

Coelho draws on his own experience growing up in a tower block on the edge of Richmond Park in London in this title. - The Bookseller

Coelho drew upon his own experiences to tell this story about three children who leave their tower block and tumble into a strange world underneath a tree. There, a tree-grown man helps them understand the power of nature and, when they resurface, their tower block is transformed into a place of colour and light. Gorgeously illustrated by Johnson, this modern-day fable is a celebration of high-rise living and its ties to the ancient, natural world - The Bookseller

Book Information

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
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories, Poetry

About Joseph Coelho

JOSEPH COELHO is a performance poet and playwright. He has written plays for the Polka Theatre, the Lyric, Hammersmith, and the Unicorn Theatre. He performs his poetry shows with the UK's top performance poetry organisation, Apples and Snakes, visiting venues across the UK. Joseph's poems have appeared in many anthologies, including Green Glass Beads by Jacqueline Wilson and The Works 6, edited by Pie Corbett, but Werewolf Club is his first solo collection. He lives in Folkestone, Kent.

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