Wednesday 30 June 2021

The Art of Words

The Art of Words by Robert Vescio and Joanna Bartel (EK Books) PB RRP $24.99 ISBN: 9781925820843

Reviewed by Jeffery E Doherty

The Art of Words is a beautifully designed picture book from end paper to end paper. It is an exploration of the wonder of writing, for the child who is just discovering the magic of words. 

Through the book we find some of the amazing things about words and what we can do with them. Words can be stretched and shortened, reversed, and sewn together. They can be big, or small, colourful, or ugly. The book even shows that through punctation, words can shout, ask a question, pause, and abbreviate. And if they are stitched together into a story, they can be shared.

The Art of Words is not a traditional story picture book: however, there is a visual storyline running through the pages, of the two characters and their dog, on their journey of discovery into the wonder of words. 

The team at EK Books have produced a visually delightful book. The illustrations by Joanna Bartel are a great fit for Robert Vescio’s text. The design elements of this book are first class.

This is probably not a book a younger child would ask for as a bedtime story but for a child discovering the power of words, it is a definite winner.

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