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There's dreadful news from the symphony hall — the composer is dead!

If you have ever heard an orchestra play, then you know that musicians are most certainly guilty of something. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously?

In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. But the composer is still dead.

Perhaps you can solve the crime yourself. Join the Inspector as he interrogates all the unusual suspects. Then listen to the accompanying audio recording featuring Lemony Snicket and the music of Nathaniel Stookey performed by the San Francisco Symphony. Hear for yourself exactly what took place on that fateful, well-orchestrated evening.

Review:

"A stint narrating live performances of Peter and the Wolf led Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) to collaborate with Stookey on this introduction to the instruments of the orchestra (see 'Lemony Snicket Redux,' Oct. 27). In true Snicket fashion, the device is a picture book cum police procedural, with a murder investigation functioning as plot. The tone is set by the opening spread, which describes the composer, face down at his desk, 'not humming.... not moving, or even breathing.' The single line of text on the next page reads: 'This is called decomposing.' (The illustration shows a large, menacing fly.) The witty wordplay proceeds with the Inspector, a rosy-cheeked Hercule Poirot type in a bowler and pinstripe suit, interrogating each section, beginning with the First Violins, 'who have the trickier parts to play,' followed by the Second Violins, 'who are more fun at parties.' Ellis (known for her art for the band The Decemberists as well as for illustrating the Mysterious Benedict Society books) brightens the heavily black stage scenes with coral, gold and sepia accents against expansive white backgrounds. Silhouettes of each instrument add a period feel. The accompanying CD features Snicket narrating and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra performing Stookey's original score. A national tour begins March 7 in New York City. Ages 5 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A murder has been committed in the symphony hall, and the culprit is lurking in the orchestra. A Peter and the Wolf for the 21st century, this book comes with a CD featuring narration by Lemony Snicket and original music performed by the San Francisco Symphony. Full color.

About the Author

Lemony Snicket claims he was nowhere near the scene of the crime. He is the author of several other unpleasant stories, including those in the bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Lump of Coal.

Carson Ellis cannot confirm her whereabouts on the night the crime took place. She is a full-time illustrator.

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Jorge, April 8, 2009 (view all comments by Jorge)
I have been a huge Lemony Snicket fan for awhile now, and I was also a music major in college, so when I heard about this book, I was very excited. I just got the book today and have already listened to the CD three times (and it's about 30 minutes long)! Every time I have been laughing out loud so hard! Lemony Snicket's voice really adds to the story, and the music is very fun. (I especially like the trombone/percussion music.) Since the music and narration add so much, I don't know if I'll read the story by itself very much or even read along with the CD at all because it's so good by itself. I think many people would like this book, but if you don't know instrument stereotypes or don't have a little knowledge of some composers, you might miss some of the humor. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has been in a band or orchestra or likes classical music or Lemony Snicket.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061236273
Author:
Lemony Snicket and Carson Ellis
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Illustrator:
Ellis, Carson
Composer:
Stookey, Nathaniel
Author:
Ellis, Carson
Author:
Snicket, Lemony
Author:
Ellis, C.
Author:
by Lemony Snicket and Carson Ellis
Author:
arson
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Musical instruments
Subject:
Performing Arts - Music
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Criminal investigation
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from K
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in 6.64 oz
Age Level:
05-UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A stint narrating live performances of Peter and the Wolf led Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) to collaborate with Stookey on this introduction to the instruments of the orchestra (see 'Lemony Snicket Redux,' Oct. 27). In true Snicket fashion, the device is a picture book cum police procedural, with a murder investigation functioning as plot. The tone is set by the opening spread, which describes the composer, face down at his desk, 'not humming.... not moving, or even breathing.' The single line of text on the next page reads: 'This is called decomposing.' (The illustration shows a large, menacing fly.) The witty wordplay proceeds with the Inspector, a rosy-cheeked Hercule Poirot type in a bowler and pinstripe suit, interrogating each section, beginning with the First Violins, 'who have the trickier parts to play,' followed by the Second Violins, 'who are more fun at parties.' Ellis (known for her art for the band The Decemberists as well as for illustrating the Mysterious Benedict Society books) brightens the heavily black stage scenes with coral, gold and sepia accents against expansive white backgrounds. Silhouettes of each instrument add a period feel. The accompanying CD features Snicket narrating and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra performing Stookey's original score. A national tour begins March 7 in New York City. Ages 5 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A murder has been committed in the symphony hall, and the culprit is lurking in the orchestra. A Peter and the Wolf for the 21st century, this book comes with a CD featuring narration by Lemony Snicket and original music performed by the San Francisco Symphony. Full color.
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