The Water Bottle

Book Author & Illustrator Philippa Werry & Burak Akbay
Rights Available World excl. NZ

Award-winning children’s author Philippa Werry teams up with leading Turkish illustrator Burak Akbay to tell a tale that crosses the battle lines of Gallipoli.

Young girl Derya and her family move from Turkey to live in Wellington, bringing with them family treasures including the water bottle that her great-grandfather Hasan brought back from Gallipoli.

At school she learns that her new friend Tom had a great-great-uncle who fought at Gallipoli. Together with their friend Airini they learn what happened when New Zealand and Turkish soldiers met there, and how an Anzac soldier gave the water bottle to Hasan after he was wounded.

After attending an Anzac Day ceremony, the friends come home together and Tom’s mum makes Anzac biscuits.

‘Look at the three of us,’ Airini says. ‘Many years ago our families fought each other, but now we can be friends.’


About the Author
Philippa Werry is an award-winning author of books for children, both fiction and non-fiction. She is well known for history books including Anzac Day and Best Mates. She lives in Wellington (see

Burak Akbay is a prominent illustrator and designer of children’s books who lives in Istanbul, Turkey. From his origins in creating comic fanzines, he now illustrates books full-time and loves comics, graphic novels and film noir.


Oratia Books


270 x 210 mm portrait



Picture Book

Age range

Publication Date
April 2022

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Petere Dowling, Oratia Books

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