The Art of Words

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Words are everywhere! In this fun and interactive story about the magic of words, you’ll meet ugly words, colourful words, and words that just need a friend. The imaginative illustrations show a young boy and girl playing with words; stretching them, squashing them, colouring them, and sewing them together to reflect their meaning. Engaging, entertaining and educational, this unique ‘language through adventure book’ will inspire young readers to appreciate the joy of making stories from words.

Click here to view Teacher’s Notes

SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820843 | Hardback | 245 x 255mm / 9.5 x 10in | 32 pages | Full Colour | EK Books

Robert Vescio has worked as a photo editor and production manager in the publishing industry and is now a widely published, award-winning children’s author. As a Books in Homes Role Model, his aim is to enthuse and inspire children to read and write and to leave them bursting with imaginative ideas.

In his 12 years in the publishing industry, Robert worked on a number of photographic magazines. He enjoyed sourcing photographic material from world-renowned photographers including Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, and Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

Robert has previously written 12 picture books, making The Art of Words his 13th. His previous books with EK Books are Finn and Puss (2017; illustrated by Melissa Mackie), The Voyage (2019; illustrated by Andrea Edmonds) and The Box Cars (2019; illustrated by Cara King). Four of his picture books were listed on NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge, and Eric Finds A Way and Finn and Puss were shortlisted in the CBCA Bilby Awards in 2018. Robert lives in Sydney and enjoys spending time with his children, who are an endless source of humour and inspiration.

Joanna Bartel is a designer and illustrator. Previously, she has been a graphic designer for a boutique fashion label, a senior art and design teacher and an English teacher in Melbourne and Brisbane, and a copywriter and graphic designer in marketing. Now she brings her experience in Arts education, design, teaching and creative marketing to her illustration work! Joanna particularly loves character design and creating imaginative and playful images to engage children and enhance imaginative learning.

While growing up, Joanna loved books, reading to her younger brothers, and writing and illustrating her own stories. Art, Design and English were always her favourite subjects at school and these interests guided her university studies and pursuit of varied roles in the creative industries.

Joanna moved to Brisbane with her husband for his work in 2013 and, since becoming a mother to two small children, is now balancing family life with her other great loves of drawing and writing.

National Library of Australia’s Newsletter
The Art of Words is a unique, fun and interactive story about the magic of words.”


NZ Booklovers
“Bartel creates detailed worlds within the book, with plenty of interesting detail to capture attention. Her drawings exude joy and energy.

Put simply, The Art of Words makes literacy fun. It reveals just how much power words actually have. A brilliant, unique addition to any bookshelf.

Detailed teachers’ notes are also available on the EK Books website, which are perfect not only for the classroom. Parents and caregivers will learn a lot about using books as a resource and tool.” Click here for the full review.


Corner on Character
“I’m so grateful to the publisher for sending this sneak peek at what’s sure to be a huge hit with the teachers and caregivers of aspiring young readers. Brilliantly illustrated, this simple text beautifully explains all of the wonderful things that words can do.” Click here for the full review.


Story Snug
“The Art of Words is a celebration of the power of words, letters and punctuation. It highlights how they can be rearranged to convey different emotions and meanings and tell stories. Words can be found everywhere and this book exudes joy and excitement as a boy and a girl play with them.” Click here for the full review.


Armadillo Newsletter
“Robert Vesico and Joanna Bartel have written and illustrated some beautiful words in this clever, funny and enlightening book.”


Polly, This Enchanted Pixie
“a really fun read that engages little ones and fills them with the joy of creating stories from words.”

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