Young Girl and Her Teacher Take Magical Adventure in Artfully Crafted New Novel

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"Leonardo and the Amazing Art Cart" introduces Kara and her zany art teacher, Ms. Fitt.

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It is about connecting with yourself as well as others and learning that great artists were/are just people, too

Author Marianne Bickett draws on her experiences as an elementary school art teacher to write fiction that reminds readers of the magic in everyday life, and “Leonardo and the Amazing Art Cart: Art Cart Tales” (published by Trafford Publishing) marks the first installment of a planned series. A new book intended for ages 10 through adult!

The Art Cart Tales series follows the adventures of Kala, an inquisitive fifth-grader, and Ms. Fitt, her enigmatic art teacher. “Leonardo and the Amazing Art Cart” introduces the two characters and Kala narrates the story, taking readers with her as she adjusts to a new life following the death of her mother.

Kala meets Ms. Fitt when her father, Marco, moves the family in the hopes of making a fresh start. It’s not long before Ms. Fitt is introducing Kala to all sorts of new things. They encounter Leonardo da Vinci throughout various stages of his life, and Bickett cleverly combines an entertaining tale with information about various artists, including Elisabetta Sirani, a female artist from the Baroque period.

“The book is about loss, letting go, and moving on through discovery and the willingness to face one’s fears through the eyes of Kala,” Bickett writes. “It is about connecting with yourself as well as others and learning that great artists were/are just people, too.”

Leonardo and the Amazing Art Cart
By Marianne Bickett
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 286 pages | ISBN 9781466982093
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 286 pages | ISBN 9781466982079
E-Book | 286 pages | ISBN 9781466982086
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Marianne Bickett was born one of 10 children and raised in rural South Dakota. She has lived and taught all over the United States. Her background as a teacher, including special education and art teaching, combined with her experiences as an artist, parent and nature lover all provide a rich background for “Leonardo and the Amazing Art Cart.” Her husband, son and other extended family all supported her in the creation of this book. Bickett’s hobbies include painting, practicing yoga and learning to play the cello, and she has numerous writing projects in the works.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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