Skip to Main Content

How to Build an Orchestra

Foreword by Sir Simon Rattle / Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli
Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The 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.

About The Illustrator

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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (October 1, 2020)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623718718
  • Ages: 7 - 99

Browse Related Books

Raves and Reviews

“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).”

“[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.”

“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.”

Resources and Downloads

High Resolution Images