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Created: 14th August, 2015

The Viewer

Author: Gary Crew
Illustrator: Shaun Tan
Publisher: Hodder

A boy finds a curious box on a rubbish dump. Inside are many treasures but the one that intrigues him most is like the Viewmaster toy he had when he was younger. With Tristan we see the nine small pictures on each disc and gradually understand that we are viewing world history, from prehistoric times to the war torn, polluted modern age. The tiny pictures make clear that many of humanity’s achievements have been realised at the expense of poverty and violence for many. This thought-provoking picture book ends on an ambiguous note.

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