Clarinet and Trumpet (book with shaker) (Hardcover)

By Melanie Ellsworth, John Herzog (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780358107477, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 25, 2020

List Price: 14.99*
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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 were friends from their very first note. But their friendship falls flat when a new woodwind sets the tone in the music room: Oboe. Trumpet does everything pitch-perfect to try to get Clarinet’s attention again, but Clarinet doesn’t skip a beat. The story crescendos, the woodwinds face-off against the brass section and a cacophony of sound builds to fill the room. How will Clarinet and Trumpet get their band back together again and save their melodious friendship?

With a text that sings with delight and emotive illustrations that bring the sweetness of Clarinet and Trumpet to life, you’ll be glad that the shaker in this book let’s you join the band too!

About the Author

Before becoming a children's book writer, Melanie Ellsworth worked as an ESL teacher in Boston's Chinatown and later as a literacy specialist in Maine, having earned a Master's of Education in Language and Literacy in 2002 from Harvard University. She lives in Maine with her family.


John Herzog is an award-winning illustrator and educator. He teaches illustration classes at Ringling College of Art and Design. John is a member of the Society of Illustrators and SCBWI, and received the 2018 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for his Highlights High Five cover illustration. He lives in Florida with his wife, two kids, a pair of tarantulas, a bearded dragon, and a fish.