The Voyage

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Displaced by war and conflict, a refugee family sets out on a voyage into the unknown.

Told in only a few words, this is the powerful story of a family fleeing their war-torn country and making a dangerous trip across the ocean to a new life in a new land.

Chaos’ begins the story, as the family escapes.

‘Wild’ is the midway point, as their boat battles through a storm.

‘Beauty’ is the sight of a green, beautiful land ahead of them.

‘Safe’ is the beginning of their new life in their new home.

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SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820034 | Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9.5 x 10 inches | 32 Pages

Robert Vescio has worked as a photo editor and production manager in the publishing industry and is now a full-time children’s author. As a Books in Homes role model, his aim is to enthuse and inspire children to read and write and leave them bursting with imaginative ideas. His other picture books with EK Books are Finn and Puss (2017; illustrated by Melissa Mackie) and The Box Cars (to be released in early 2019; illustrated by Cara King).

Andrea Edmonds is an artist and illustrator who has worked on children’s books, greeting cards, stationery, commissioned artworks and animation. She loves developing story and character ideas fueled by a stash of dark chocolate and countless cups of tea. Her previous picture book with EK Books is Visiting You (2017; written by Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg).

AUTHOR ROBERT VESCIO TALKS TO 5AA’s Brad Alridge about The Voyage

“I don’t think I have ever looked at book with so few words that has said so much. It is really cleverly done. Tells the human side of what it is like to be a refugee”


Share Your Story

Robert Vescio in conversation with Michelle Worthington at Share Your Story. Find out more about Robert’s personal journey as an author and his motivation for writing his touching picture book The Voyage. Click here to read in full

The Voyage is heartbreaking and hopeful. It is so simple in text but so deep in meaning and story. The illustrations are absolutely, divinely exquisite. I got goosebumps reading it and couldn’t help but ‘Oh’ softly and hug the book to myself at the end.

It is THE perfect book to introduce the concept of refugees to very young children (I’m talking from toddlers onwards), as it is gentle in its approach and a child’s understanding of the book will grow as they do… a stunning addition to the amazing selection of books the Australian market has to offer. It is truly a gem”. – Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg (Author of Visiting You)

Blue Wolf Reviews
“The Voyage reaches out with compassion and understanding, offering a beautiful way to help educate people, regardless of their age, to the plight of these people from many different lands, as they try to make a new life for their families in a land that is very different to the land they left behind.” Click here to read in full


Kids’ Book Review
“powerful, inspiring, hopeful and impactful.” Click here to read in full


The Bottom Shelf Edu Blog
“Just fourteen words … that are more powerful than if there were 10 or 100 times that many. Look for this one in the 2020 awards lists.”  Click here to read in full


Pinerolo
“A few powerful words and dramatic illustrations tell the story of a family of refugees who find a new life. Recommended reading. ”


Imagination Soup – Featured
“Ultimately, the importance of this book is that this story shows the big concepts involved with escaping a country at war and immigrating to a new country.” Click here to read more


Reading Time (The Children’s Book Council of Australia)
“The valuable feature of this book is that children, who are too young to understand the hardships of a refugee can learn about the concept of a family leaving a happy home and making a new one.” Click here to read in full


Buzz Words 
“The story is told in only 14 words, but each word is perfect, poignant and powerful.” Click here to read in full


Claire Storey Languages Review and Interview
““Each page displays just one word, allowing the reader to expand and discuss the images they are being presented with. The illustrations are beautiful. Both author and illustrator are based in Australia yet for me here in the UK, the story has strong similarities to the migrant situation around the Mediterranean albeit with a more idealistic ending.” Click here to read more

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