The Composer Is Dead

The Composer Is Dead

Book - 2009
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The Composer is dead! In fact, he's decomposing. The death is suspicious and the Inspector is certain that the culprit lurks among the orchestra. Could it be the French Horns? No, they were out with the Trombones and the percussion instruments, dancing until dawn. The Harp, the Tuba, the reed instruments--every instrument has an alibi. Who murdered the Composer?


Lemony Snicket, bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, turns his talent to a murder mystery set at the symphony in a story based on his collaboration with award-winning composer Nathanial Stookey. A fresh and contemporary alternative to the old-fashioned world of Peter and the Wolf, The Composer Is Dead introduces young readers to the sounds of the orchestra. This marvellous book comes with a CD featuring Lemony Snicket narrating the story, accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony, with a separate track of instrumentals alone so kids can join in. Light-hearted and witty, The Composer Is Dead is like a lively night at the symphony, a perfect book to read and share.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, p2009.
ISBN: 9780061775154
Characteristics: [36] p. :,col. ill. ;,29 cm +,1 sound disc (digital ; 12 cm.)


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Jun 28, 2018

This book was good, other than the fact that instruments don't talk. I do have one query, a word which here means question, which is as follows: Why do instruments murder their composer? Also, does Daniel Handler live in Canada? Why did the Incredibly Deadly Viper go with the islanders in the last book, book the 13th, after they left the island and were poisoned? Where is Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler, now?

Jul 25, 2016

I personally loved the ending! It leaves the murder unsolved but makes it clear that art can be more interesting than justice.

Aug 04, 2015

Cute book! Perfect for parents & teachers wanting to teach their kids a bit about the orchestra and classical music. I would recommend it for kids 7-10 years old.

Jan 21, 2015

Very brilliantly written! I do wish that he would have given less of a cliff hanger at the end.

Aug 24, 2013

This is a fun way to introduce children to the instruments that make up an orchestra. Includes some wonderful vocabulary.

bellavam May 10, 2011

Tongue-in-cheek read that involves a murder mystery at the orchestra. Lots of in jokes for parents to enjoy while reading aloud. I only wish the ending tied things up a bit more neatly. Those clarinets DO seem terribly suspicious...

Apr 19, 2009

very interesting book by the great authour lemony snicket.

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Jun 28, 2018

ella_10 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 96

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Aug 28, 2015

"But those who want something a little more interesting... should go to the orchestra!"


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