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Happy Book Birthday To CLARINET AND TRUMPET by Melanie Ellsworth!

A new picture book from Melanie Ellsworth, CLARINET AND TRUMPET, came out with HMH today! It’s garnered great buzz, including a starred review from School Library Journal.


A charming and funny picture book featuring the harmonious friendship between Clarinet and Trumpet. But what happens when their friendship falls flat? Featuring a music-making shaker built into the book! Perfect for fans of Stick & Stone and Spoon.

“Trumpet, you’re a blast!”
“Clarinet, you’re sharp!”
Clarinet and Trumpet are friends from the very first note. But their friendship falls flat when a new woodwind, Oboe, sets the tone in the music room. Trumpet tries everything to get Clarinet’s attention again, but Clarinet doesn’t change her tune. The story crescendos until the woodwinds face off against the brass section in an ear-splitting musical duel. How will Clarinet and Trumpet bring the band back together again and save their melodious friendship? With pun-filled text and emotive illustrations, Clarinet and Trumpet honors the important role music plays in creating community. Shake the book, and you can join the band, too!




★ “A lyrical tour de force about individuality, friendship, and community, this humorous picture book highlights such values through musical instruments, showing how even small fractures can become deep divisions….readers of all ages will relate to the loss of friendship and how this can sometimes become an overall divisiveness within a once whole community.”★ —School Library Journal, STARRED review


“Music aficionados and pun aficionados alike will appreciate the many musical puns interspersed throughout the text.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books



Buy this delightful book from your local indie or these outlets: HMH, Barnes & Noble, Target.


A big congratulations to Melanie! To learn more about her and follow along with her books, visit her website, Twitter, and Instagram.