The Art of Words

The Art of Words

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Words are everywhere! Come on this lively adventure to learn more about how they can be shortened, extended, and even switched around. Meet ugly words, colourful words, and words that just need a friend.

The Art of Words is a unique, fun and interactive story about the magic of words. Two children and their adorable dog are illustrated playfully interacting with letters and words, and discovering myriad word functions and capabilities. Typography is a major feature and each page shows words that are scaled, coloured, and positioned to enhance their meaning and reflect the interplay of their verbal and visual aspects.

At only 100 words, this 'language through adventure' book is intended to excite young children about language, especially the joy of words and their capabilities. Visually, it depicts an imaginative natural world with abundant greenery, stars, animals and flowers, and children engaging in sports, adventure and STEM! The illustrations aim to embrace and depict diversity in gender and race and cater to varied literacy levels. The font choices are simple and clear, to ensure beginning readers can engage confidently.

Children, parents, carers and teachers alike will delight in this quirky celebration of the joy and power of words. Readers will come to appreciate the joy of making stories from words, and will be reminded that even books that teach can be fun!
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Product details

  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 254 x 241 x 10.16mm | 430.91g
  • EK Books
  • Chatswood, Australia
  • English
  • Color illustrations
  • 192582084X
  • 9781925820843
  • 448,525

Back cover copy

Words are everywhere!

So come along on a fun adventure as two children discover how they can be s t r e t c h e d, squashed, reversed and even sewn together.

Meet BIG words and small ones, colourful words and ugly ones, and some words that just need a friend.

Along the way, discover the power of punctuation and the joy of weaving stories from words!
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Review quote

"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." -- Corner on Character "Robert Vesico and Joanna Bartel have written and illustrated some beautiful words in this clever, funny and enlightening book." -- Armadillo Newsletter "Each page is perfectly designed for the words being explored. I love how they stand out alone but are also deeply connected within the illustrations to create greater meaning for the reader. It's the perfect combination to promote conversation and questioning which in turn develops oral language, vocabulary and understanding." -- Mr Loves Bookshelf "The perfect book for young readers as well as an excellent learning tool book for Early Childhood teachers and parents who will appreciate the power of punctuation and the joy of learning lots of exciting WORDS." -- It's A Librarians Life "Wonderful word play with illustrations to encourage thinking about words in new and creative ways." -- Sunday Telegraph "A great book for celebrating both the magic and power of words and illustrations." -- Swings and Roundabouts Magazine (ECC) "This book is a great introduction to exploring words and looking at different concepts such as alliteration and onomatopoeia. Great fun for young and older children and exquisitely illustrated." -- Ms S Burns "Words can be sculptured and treasured, collected and cherished - and if placed in just the right way can create the awesome wonder of a story. A book after my own heart." -- What Book Next? "A fabulous and delicious book, and it's all about learning words" -- Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. * Storytime with Fergie and Friends * "The Art of Words is a unique, fun and interactive story about the magic of words." -- National Library of Australia's Newsletter "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." -- NZ Booklovers "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." -- Story Snug "The Art of Words is a lovely, quirky picture book ... it would be great to share with emerging readers and [would] be a good addition to a school library." -- Picture Book Perfect "The Art of Words is a picture book that has all the right words in all the right places. It is suitable for children 4 to 8 years old and is a wonderful resource for a classroom for grades preschool to year 3." -- Buzz Words "This book illustrates how language is a living thing and meant to be played with. When this book arrived here, I got legit excited about how it needs to be in every preschooler's book collection." -- Oh Creative Day "The NSW Department of Education has declared vocabulary to be "the greatest predictor of success in literacy" so what better tool to inspire the study and development of words than a book about them. The possibilities are endless but if you're stuck there are teachers' notes available." -- The Bottom Shelf "As surprising as it is beautiful! This is a wonderful book to share with children beginning to learn to read or learning the mechanics of language" -- Kids Get Booked "Clever, colourful, and creative, with full page illustrations, Robert Vescio's The Art of Words is highly imaginative, entertaining, and a unique early learning tool." -- Kids' Book Review "A visual feast " * Reading Time * A book full of words and art and artful words! The visual poetry style intertwines the words of the book with the illustrations, guiding your eye across thematic settings and charming images. For early readers, this is a nice one to work through together, finding the words wherever they may be hiding on the page. * The Space magazine (ECC) * "This clever book illustrates the function and magic of words in a way that our little learners can understand, making it a great resource for those who are beginning their journey into reading" * Flip With Joy * "This is an endearing story, perfect for children who struggle with change in routine and anxiety." * Rascals and Rainbows * "a brilliantly written picture book that highlights the topic of overcoming anxiety in children and learning to cope with change." * Little C's Reading Corner * "If you're a casual teacher this is the perfect book to have in your tool kit! It's a great way to talk about the purpose of words" * Love Four Learning *
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About Robert Vescio

Robert Vescio is a full-time children's author and a Books in Homes role model, with an aim to inspire children to read, write, and use their imaginations. His previous picture books with EK Books are Finn and Puss, The Voyage and The Box Cars.

Joanna Bartel is a designer and illustrator with experience in Arts education, design, teaching and creative marketing. She particularly loves character design and creating imaginative and playful images to engage children and enhance imaginative learning.
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16 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
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4 25% (4)
3 31% (5)
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