The Box Cars - Robert Vescio and Cara King

By Exisle Publishing | Posted: Sunday March 3, 2019

Remember when you had more fun playing with the box than the gift that was packed in it? This simple story of imagination and sharing is a breath of fresh air in a world where parents are trying to find ways to pry their children from screens.

In The Box Cars Liam and Kai are the best of friends. They do everything together. Each day in the park they race around in their box cars, pretending to be everything from policemen chasing down bad guys to chauffeurs driving around movie stars! One day they notice a little girl watching them — she’s keen to join in and they’re happy to be her friends too, but with only two box cars to play with it seems someone’s going to be left out. The Box Cars is a fun-filled story of friendship, sharing and creative problem-solving that will appeal to boys and girls everywhere!

RRP $24.99 PUBLISHED February 2018

The Box Cars is available from and wherever great books are sold. Teacher notes available.


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 previous picture book with EK Books Finn and Puss (2017) was short listed for the CBCA Children’s Choice Bilby Award..

Cara King initially studied anthropology before moving across to multimedia and starting her own design business, Caratoons. As a designer and illustrator, she has produced images for T-shirt designs, books, cards and posters. She is the illustrator of two picture books: Mummy and Mumma Get Married (2015) and Scaredy Book (2018; also with EK Books).

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