The Trouble in Tune Town

The Trouble in Tune Town


Written by Maura Pierlot
Illustrated by Sophie Norsa

Meg is Tune Town’s best music performer, but she’s having trouble rehearsing. So much trouble, in fact, that the notes have run right off the sheet. Can Meg find the notes in time for her big concert? Or are they closer to home than she thought?

A colourful book for music-loving-and-learning kids of all ages.

Please note that when you purchase a copy The Trouble in Tune Town, you will also be sent the e-book version for free.

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Ages: 3-8
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925545333
Published: 2017

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The text sets a rollicking, up-tempo rhyme that makes for an entertaining read aloud story for young children, whilst setting the tone with valuable messages in persistence, resilience and trying your best.
— Romi Sharp, Just Write for Kids
With a message of persistence and practice rather than quitting, this catchy story grooves to its own beat while educating the reader about musical concepts.
— Raquel Mayman, CBCA Reading Time
A review from my nephews age 4 and 6: this book was cool!
— Melissa Gijsbers, Missy Loves Books
I highly recommend this beautifully created book to any young budding maestro and those who’ve never been exposed to the wonderful world of music.
— Julie Anne Grasso, When I Grow Up I Want to Write a Kids Book
The Trouble in Tune Town celebrates the fun and joy of music, told through imaginative fantasy and rhyme and encourages children to relax, try their best and find joy in all that they do.
— Karen Tyrell, Just Write for Kids blog tour
Maura has cleverly created this rhyming picture book to show children that playing music is all about having fun and feeling the notes in all their splendour.
— Vanessa Ryan, Educate. Empower.


Maura Pierlot

Maura loves words and has been writing ever since she can remember.

The Trouble in Tune Town, inspired by her three musical children, is her first picture book and was recently recognised overseas  as a Joint Winner in the IPPY Awards 2018 and as a Finalist in the International Book Awards 2018. It has also been named a Finalist in American Bookfest’s Best Book Awards (Children’s Picture Book — Hardcover Fiction Category).

Maura was winner of the 2017 Children's Book Council of Australia New South Wales Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program, and recipient of the Charlotte Waring Barton Award, for her young adult fiction manuscript, Freefalling.

Her award-winning plays have been performed in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Maura has a PhD in philosophy and enjoys talking about big ideas. She lives in Canberra with her husband and three children.

Visit Maura's website.


Sophie Norsa has written and illustrated her own book, Lisa Absolutely Loves Art, and her illustrated work for Yellow Dress Day put her on the shortlist for the 2013 Children's Book Council of Australia Crichton Award.

Her other illustrated works include Matilda Saves Santa Claus, Emilia Mouse, Elephant Kitten and Where Do Teachers Go at Night? Her artistic talents were soon discovered by New Frontier Publishing when she was she did work experience there.

Sophie enjoys playing across styles and mediums of illustration.


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