The watertower is a book filled with mystery and suspense. The text is gripping and the illustrations are superb. The story focuses around two boys who use an old watertower as a place to swim in and escape the sizzling heat of the Australian summer. One boy is left alone on the watertower and he see's something, but we do not know what it is! The reader is allowed to use their imagination to the full with this story. The book is printed on black paper and the text is printed in such a way that the book must be turned slowly around as it is read, just as in the book "the water eddied and flowed". The Watertower appears somewhere on each page, sometimes in full and at other times just as a motif on a townsperson's hat. Gary Crew is able to spark the imaginations of children with this story and the ending leaves them wondering what happens next! I would heartily recommend this book to children of about 8 years and upwards.
Have just finished reading this book with my Year 6 class, who were absolutely thrilled with the suspense element! Really like the fact that this has such great artwork and allows the reader to develop their own imaginative power! A recommended reading experience for any primary teacher with a class needing inspiration!!!
This book has been a real treat for the reluctant readers I teach. The text is simple and the boys love reading the subtle illustrations even more, finding themselves drawn into the details and hints littered through the story. Truly chilling and truly great.
My son asked me to buy this as they have been reading it in school. He loves it, he reads it again and again trying to look into what happened and why? The book can take you only around 2-3 mins to read, but he sees so much in it. Year 6, age 11.