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Issue Details: First known date: 1994 1994
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On a scorching hot summer day in Preston, Australia, Spike and Bubba go for a swim in the old water tower which casts a long dark shadow across everything in the area.

Notes

  • Prequel to Beneath the Surface.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Flinders Park, Charles Sturt area, Adelaide - Northwest, Adelaide, South Australia,: Era Publications , 1997 .
      Extent: 32p.
      Description: col. illus.
      ISBN: 1863743200 (pbk.)
    • Brooklyn, New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Crocodile Books , 1998 .
      Extent: 1 v. (unpaged)p.
      Description: col. illus.
      ISBN: 1566562333

Works about this Work

More Than Cracking the Code : Postmodern Picture Books and New Literacies Michele Anstey , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing the Boundaries 2002; (p. 87-105)
y Reading and Viewing Amanda Swaney , Flinders Park : Era Publications , 1999 Z1858393 1999 single work criticism 'Exploring the illustrated works of Gary Crew and Steven Woolman in The Watertower, Tagged and Caleb.' (Cover)
Metafictional Play in Children's Fiction Ann L. Grieve , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 5-15)

Grieve examines the role of metafiction in children's literature and its reliance on reader participation and interaction, by looking at textual strategies that construct the 'game' as text or fiction. These strategies include structuring the narrative around the rules of an actual game, constructing either the physical book or the text as a game, and/or representing characters as 'players in a game' (5). The discussion is a response to critics who question the value of child-focused metafictional texts and of narrative techniques that demystify fictional illusions (such as multiple narrative endings, unreliable narrators and characters, linguistic play, and the reworking of established literary codes and conventions through parody and intertextuality).

Grieve explores a number of texts based on the 'interrogative or metafictional play' and self-reflexivity the narratives offer, which, she argues, 'makes the reader aware of the interplay between reality and illusion' (6). As well as novels from the UK and the USA, Grieves discusses a number of Australian texts: Power and Glory (Emily Rodda and Geoff Kelly), Beyond the Labyrinth (Gillian Rubinstein), Inventing Anthony West (Gary Crew), and The Water Tower (Gary Crew and Steven Woolman).

Metafiction challenges the dominant humanist literary tradition, which posits 'stable, knowable texts' (5), by 'problematizing mimetic illusion' and questioning the 'nature and existence of reality, the creation of literary universes and the nature of human artefacts' (13). This is the value of metafictive narratives for children that Grieve elucidates and ultimately supports.

Untitled Kathleen T Horning , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Horn Book Magazine , May/June vol. 74 no. 3 1998; (p. 330)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Patricia Lothrop-Green , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: School Library Journal : For Children's, Young Adult and School Librarians , March vol. 44 no. 3 1998; (p. 168)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Reading Excellence Terry O'Connor , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 August 1995; (p. wkd 6)
The Watertower Steven Woolman , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 39 no. 2 1995; (p. 7-8)
Artist Steven Woolman discusses the imaginative processes of picture book illustration, particularly in his approach to The Watertower, aimed at older readers.
Enigmatus Interruptus : or The Frustration of Being Lured, Snared, and Thrilled... Margrete Lamond , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 39 no. 3 1995; (p. 15-16)
CBC Acceptance Speeches : Gary Crew Gary Crew , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 39 no. 4 1995; (p. 2-3)
Untitled Margaret Dunkle , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , June vol. 74 no. 1059 1995; (p. 33-34)

— Review of Somewhere Around the Corner Jackie French 1994 single work children's fiction ; The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book ; The Burnt Stick Anthony Hill 1994 single work novella
Who Says Picture Books are Just for Kids? Frances Kelly , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 January 1995; (p. 5)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book ; Power and Glory Emily Rodda 1994 single work picture book
Worth a Thousand Words Margaret Aitken , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 6 May 1995; (p. 9)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Gothic Horror in a Small Town Belle Y. Alderman , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 August 1995; (p. C10)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Untitled David Lewis , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: School Library Journal : For Children's, Young Adult and School Librarians , May vol. 41 no. 5 1995;

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Linnet Hunter , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 39 no. 2 1995; (p. 23)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Books to Look Forward to 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 9 no. 4 1994; (p. 19)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book ; Whatley's Quest Bruce Whatley Rosie Smith 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Jill Midolo , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 8 no. 2 1994; (p. 11)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Designed for Imagination Katharine England , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 26 November 1994; (p. 10)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Linnet Hunter , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 2 no. 4 1994; (p. 35)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Books to Look Forward to 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 9 no. 4 1994; (p. 19)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book ; Whatley's Quest Bruce Whatley Rosie Smith 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Jill Midolo , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 8 no. 2 1994; (p. 11)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Margaret Dunkle , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , June vol. 74 no. 1059 1995; (p. 33-34)

— Review of Somewhere Around the Corner Jackie French 1994 single work children's fiction ; The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book ; The Burnt Stick Anthony Hill 1994 single work novella
Designed for Imagination Katharine England , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 26 November 1994; (p. 10)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Who Says Picture Books are Just for Kids? Frances Kelly , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 January 1995; (p. 5)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book ; Power and Glory Emily Rodda 1994 single work picture book
Worth a Thousand Words Margaret Aitken , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 6 May 1995; (p. 9)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Gothic Horror in a Small Town Belle Y. Alderman , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 August 1995; (p. C10)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Linnet Hunter , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 2 no. 4 1994; (p. 35)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Untitled David Lewis , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: School Library Journal : For Children's, Young Adult and School Librarians , May vol. 41 no. 5 1995;

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Kathleen T Horning , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Horn Book Magazine , May/June vol. 74 no. 3 1998; (p. 330)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Patricia Lothrop-Green , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: School Library Journal : For Children's, Young Adult and School Librarians , March vol. 44 no. 3 1998; (p. 168)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Linnet Hunter , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 39 no. 2 1995; (p. 23)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew 1994 single work picture book
Reading Excellence Terry O'Connor , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 August 1995; (p. wkd 6)
y Reading and Viewing Amanda Swaney , Flinders Park : Era Publications , 1999 Z1858393 1999 single work criticism 'Exploring the illustrated works of Gary Crew and Steven Woolman in The Watertower, Tagged and Caleb.' (Cover)
The Watertower Steven Woolman , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 39 no. 2 1995; (p. 7-8)
Artist Steven Woolman discusses the imaginative processes of picture book illustration, particularly in his approach to The Watertower, aimed at older readers.
Enigmatus Interruptus : or The Frustration of Being Lured, Snared, and Thrilled... Margrete Lamond , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 39 no. 3 1995; (p. 15-16)
CBC Acceptance Speeches : Gary Crew Gary Crew , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 39 no. 4 1995; (p. 2-3)
Metafictional Play in Children's Fiction Ann L. Grieve , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 5-15)

Grieve examines the role of metafiction in children's literature and its reliance on reader participation and interaction, by looking at textual strategies that construct the 'game' as text or fiction. These strategies include structuring the narrative around the rules of an actual game, constructing either the physical book or the text as a game, and/or representing characters as 'players in a game' (5). The discussion is a response to critics who question the value of child-focused metafictional texts and of narrative techniques that demystify fictional illusions (such as multiple narrative endings, unreliable narrators and characters, linguistic play, and the reworking of established literary codes and conventions through parody and intertextuality).

Grieve explores a number of texts based on the 'interrogative or metafictional play' and self-reflexivity the narratives offer, which, she argues, 'makes the reader aware of the interplay between reality and illusion' (6). As well as novels from the UK and the USA, Grieves discusses a number of Australian texts: Power and Glory (Emily Rodda and Geoff Kelly), Beyond the Labyrinth (Gillian Rubinstein), Inventing Anthony West (Gary Crew), and The Water Tower (Gary Crew and Steven Woolman).

Metafiction challenges the dominant humanist literary tradition, which posits 'stable, knowable texts' (5), by 'problematizing mimetic illusion' and questioning the 'nature and existence of reality, the creation of literary universes and the nature of human artefacts' (13). This is the value of metafictive narratives for children that Grieve elucidates and ultimately supports.

More Than Cracking the Code : Postmodern Picture Books and New Literacies Michele Anstey , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing the Boundaries 2002; (p. 87-105)
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  • Australian Outback, Central Australia,
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