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The Viewer

Author/Illustrator: Gary Crew and Shaun Tan

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Suitable: Year 6 to Year 12


The Viewer tells the story of a boy whose obsession with interesting artefacts leads him to discover a strange box at a dumpsite. It proves to be an ancient chest full of optical devices. One is an intricate viewing device, which reveals images of significant historical ages, including the present and the future. This is award-winning author Gary Crew's first collaboration with Shaun Tan, whose intriguing illustrations will hook students into the fascinating world will have them questioning their own place in history.

Links to the Western Australian Curriculum: 

Literature (in particular Responding to Literature), Language, Literacy, Visual Arts, History Knowledge and Understanding; and Critical and Creative Thinking.