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Magical Children’s Fiction – Our Tower by Joseph Coelho, beautifully illustrated by Richard Johnson

Title: Our Tower 

Author: Joseph Coelho

Illustrator: Richard Johnson

Published: 2 Aug. 2022

My Review:

A beautiful children's book that starts dull and in prose
Describing the tower block home the children and family knows.
However, off on an adventure three children go and find
A magical, colourful place is brought to mind.

The story is then continued in rhyme
A winner for me, every time!
The children travel inside a special tree 
An old man with special powers there they see.

The adventure helps the children to look at their tower in a different way
As a magical place where they can stay and play.
A place in which nature is always around,
High up in the tower as well as on and under the ground.

A beautifully illustrated story written by someone who knew
What it felt like to live in a tower block as he grew up in one, too.
A story filled with magic, mystery and fun
Helping look at places with new insight when it is done.

For my complementary copy, I say thank you,
As I share with you this, my honest review.


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 multi-award winning poet and Waterstones Children’s Laureate 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.

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