Book Size: 9.5" x 12"

Pages: 48

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623718718 HB
ISBN: 9781623717063 PB

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Edition: 1

Illustrated by: Elisa Paganelli

Illustrations: Full Color Illustrations

Ages: 7

Release date: October 2020

Foreword by: Sir Simon Rattle


How to Build an Orchestra

By • Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Paperback $ 11.95 | Hardback $ 18.95

“[A]n inspired book that will motivate young readers to learn more about orchestral instruments and the wonder of the music an orchestra can make.”

About this book

Find out what makes up an orchestra and learn about its different instruments!

A beautifully illustrated book produced in association with the London Symphony Orchestra

This wonderfully illustrated story follows a conductor who is auditioning each instrument for his orchestra, building to a performance of two pieces of classical music. With links to downloadable music, follow our conductor on his journey and discover the beautiful music of an orchestra.

With pictograms of a full-size symphony orchestra and information on all of the instruments and music featured, as well as a foreword by Sir Simon Rattle, renowned Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, this is the must-have book on the makeup of an orchestra and its instruments for children aged 7 .


About the author

Mary Auld is a celebrated author of children’s educational books.


“Lively, very informative title … Auld introduces each section and instrument; describes how each instrument works, how it sounds, and what role it plays in orchestral music … Most helpful and pleasing is the ‘Listen!’ prompts … Paganelli’s friendly cartoon artwork in a muted palette depicts the instruments; the individual performers, who are refreshingly diverse in body shape and skin tone … the depth of material about orchestral performance would make this comfortably at home on a nonfiction shelf.”
—Booklist, Starred Review

“Appealing and informative—a perfect harmony … Conductor Simon auditions musicians, introduces their instruments, and builds an ensemble modeled on the London Symphony Orchestra. This well-organized introduction to the symphony orchestra features clear explanations, lively illustrations of players and their instruments, and examples of the sounds of particular instruments from LSO performances (available for download via a QR code). There are also two full pieces, Ravel’s ‘Boléro’ and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 … Both auditioners and performers are racially diverse … (glossary, index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review



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