Our Tower is a deeply personal story written by Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Richard Johnson.
Our Tower tells the magical story of three young children who live in a tower block and embark on a fantastical adventure which helps them see their home and nature in a new light.
Inspired by Joseph’s childhood growing up with his sister in a tower block on an estate bordering Richmond Park, this unique hybrid picture book explores the way in which society separates ‘urban’ from the countryside. Richard Johnson has created moments of real magic and wonder with his atmospheric illustrations in blue, green, brown, and grey hues highlighting the transitions between the urban, fantastic and natural environments. Working closely at all stages of the book, when he saw Richard's roughs Joseph said... “Richard has done a magnificent job and I love the warmth and magic of his illustrations, I love the details he has included …”
We are also thrilled to be working in partnership with the team at Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford, London, who are the perfect venue for the launch of this book. They are hosting an amazing interactive event with Richard and Joseph on 3rd August as well as showcasing some of Richard’s incredible illustrations from the book in the Discover Café.
As Our Tower hits the bookshelves this multi-award-winning newly partnered creative duo are already taking the children’s publishing world by storm with Our Tower being celebrated as Children’s Book of the Month in partnership with The Booksellers Association.