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The Viewer

Gary Crew, Shaun Tan

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 8 years, Interest age: from c 9 years, Fiction, Picture books, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

One by one strange images flickered to life. First, a scene of fearful chaos. The others, more luminous and eerie ...

THE VIEWER tells the peculiar story of a boy whose obsession with curious artefacts leads him to discover an strange box at a dump site. It proves to be an ancient chest full of optical devices, one of which captures his interest; an intricately mechanical object which carries disks of images; scenes of destruction, violence and the collapse of civilisations throughout time. The boy is afraid, but also cannot help but look into the machine time and time again as the images shift and change

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Gary Crew

GARY CREW is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. He has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year four times and his readers have come to expect shadowy, surprising, incredible stories that must be read, and read again.
STEVEN WOOLMAN (1969-2004) completed a degree in Design and Illustration at the University of South Australia in 1990 and was always fascinated by bizarre fantasy. For the illustrations in The Watertower, his fifth published book, he used a combination of acrylic paint and chalk and pencil on black paper.

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