The Watertower

The Watertower


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ISBN-13: 9781566563314
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/28/2015
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 658,938
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

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Watertower 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ElaniRichards on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Honestly, while the illustrations give it an eerie feeling, the text and story line don't make a lot of sense to me personally. I do, however, like the "snap-shot" illustrations, and how it shows you a framed version of what is happening. Notice what the artist does with the pictures, the cover, the text, the design. It definitely has a different feeling to it. I would have students design covers for mystery books, or make books with the flip-the-text-every-few-pages effect. Lots to learn from the artwork.
CharlieBucket More than 1 year ago
There is something strange going on in the town of Preston. When Bubba and Spike, two young boys, decide to escape the sweltering summer heat with a dip in the watertower, they get more than they bargained for. It is no accident the Steven Woolman's lifelike illustrations contain the reoccurring emblem of the eerie tower. Look closely and you will find the heretical slit arc gazing at you from the eyes, caps, and water wells scattered about the town. As the art follows Spike's race to retrieve a pair of shorts for Bubba (after his mysteriously go missing) and the text tells of Bubba's nail-biting wait for the return of his friend, the flying saucer-shaped tower becomes our main character, its creaking and groaning and wafting algae aroma release cryptic signals and unrest among the town. Following the style of many a Stephen King novel, the story of The Watertower begins to take an unexpected turn towards the unknown, its pages increasingly skewing in accordance (the book begins to require a steady counterclockwise rotation-as if following the tilting rungs of the water castle). When Bubba emerges in the end, with a less than congenial smile pasted on, from the watertower which he was previously so unnerved by, tremors shoot up my spine and the hairs at the nape of my neck stand erect, as it is clear that whatever sinister air which had been encroaching from the metal craft and sweeping across the town has now sewn its seeds in Bubba. In the final illustration there is an evident transformation in Bubba's eyes, the mark of the tower branded on his still dripping hand, he is not the same boy we knew, he is not a boy at all; he has become something more and still something less, impregnated by whatever had been lurking in that dank darkness. The contrast of the too-bright dusty country, saturated in sunlight, to the austere moss green world of the tower creates a sense of being displaced. The shifting between the rural small-town where a mother awaits you and an alien chamber so cloaked in shadows its confines appear limitless disturbs and disorients readers as our equilibriums and the tilt-a-whirl story mutually shift. The Watertower implies a reader who is conscious of the unspoken story that develops when the text and illustrations join; children and adults who are keen to the chilling metamorphose transpiring without ever being told directly through the narration. A real spellbinding story, The Watertower evokes beautiful and disturbing ideas and images as the sour water eddies and swirls, silently brewing its ripe toxin. It is no surprise that Crew and Woolman were awarded the Children's Picture Book of the Year Award by the Children's Book Council of Australia for this uniquely crafted collaboration of mystery writing and stunning acrylic, chalk, and pencil work on black paper (which lend to the wonderfully foreign and severe cloistering ambiance).
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Guest More than 1 year ago
my mom got me this book when I was a toddler around 4-6 yrs old that one page creeped me out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my teacher read this book to our class it really creeped me out. She flipped to the next page to see what happened next; the picture was so creepy I started crying! If you like scary books your gonna love this one!!!!!!!