Book Size: 9.5” x 12”

Pages: 48

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623718718

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Edition: 1

Illustrated by: Elisa Paganelli

Illustrations: Full Color Illustrations

Ages: 7+

Release date: October 2020

Foreword by: Sir Simon Rattle

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How to Build an Orchestra

By • Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

$ 18.95

“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).” — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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+.

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About the authors

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

Elisa Paganelli was born in Modena, Italy, and since childhood cannot resist the smell of paper and pencils. She attended the Institute of Art and subsequently graduated from the European Institute of Design (IED) in Turin with a degree in illustration. After working as a graphic designer for a communication agency for a few years, she decided to set up her own art and design studio. Elisa devotes most of her time to her passion for images and words. She thinks of herself as a kind of hermit, immersed in her quiet world of nature and books, accompanied by a cup of tea and her beloved pet-assistants. She now collaborates with publishers and other clients all over the world, and also writes for a newspaper’s lifestyle column.

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“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. The story arc introduces the conductor, a White man with graying hair who loves music and wants to share it. To do that, he must build an orchestra, section by section, instrumental family by instrumental family. Each spread includes several short paragraphs of narrative, some infobits marked with a hashtag/sharp symbol, and a short description of what to listen for in the audio example, all accompanied by cheery images that are both realistic and imaginative. These include allusions to the musical selections—a faun, a firebird, a sugar-plum fairy, and so forth. Readers who enjoy poring over illustrations can follow particular characters throughout. Both auditioners and performers are racially diverse, and some are clearly modeled on current LSO personnel. After auditions, there are rehearsals and, finally, a performance. (Here, the vignettes include an appreciative audience.) The backmatter offers a pictogram of the orchestra with its standard seating and further information about the particular musical selections. LSO conductor Sir Simon Rattle provides an introduction, and LSO educator Rachel Leach gets title page credit for ‘musical support.’ (glossary, index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)” — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

About the Author

Elisa Paganelli was born in Modena, Italy, and since childhood cannot resist the smell of paper and pencils. She attended the Institute of Art and subsequently graduated from the European Institute of Design (IED) in Turin with a degree in illustration. After working as a graphic designer for a communication agency for a few years, she decided to set up her own art and design studio. Elisa devotes most of her time to her passion for images and words. She thinks of herself as a kind of hermit, immersed in her quiet world of nature and books, accompanied by a cup of tea and her beloved pet-assistants. She now collaborates with publishers and other clients all over the world, and also writes for a newspaper’s lifestyle column.

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