Written by Melanie Ellsworth, Illustrated by Morena Forza
Grand-père gifts Bella the hat she’s always wanted – a beret! But just as she places it on her head, a gust of wind whisks it away. When the beret lands in a chef’s pan . . . hip, hip, soufflé! When it lands on the head of a dancer . . . hip, hip, ballet! The wind continues to sweep the hat farther and farther away. Will Bella ever get back her beloved beret?
A humorous and heartfelt story filled with repetition, rhyme, and hilarious wordplay. On the cover and inside of the book, find a few touchable berets as an interactive and tactile element to engage young readers.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/February 23, 2021
For copies of HIP, HIP…BERET! signed/personalized by Melanie, contact OWL & TURTLE Bookshop in Camden, Maine.
Clarinet and Trumpet
Written by Melanie Ellsworth, Illustrated by John Herzog
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 regain Clarinet’s attention, but Clarinet won’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. The book has a built-in shaker, so readers can join the band, too!
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/March 30, 2021
Battle of the Books
I’m so excited for my next book, coming out in the summer of 2022 from Little Bee! Can’t wait to see James Rey Sanchez’s art!