Ellie's Voice or Trööömmmpffff

"Ellie's Voice or Trööömmmpffff " in French. First published in France in 2016 by Éditions du Rouergue.


Rights sold: French, Italian, English, Estonian


"5 Best-Designed Children’s Books", Certificate of Merit, 2016
IBBY Honour List, 2018

About the Book

A little bird named Eli lives on the sandy shore of the big sea. Eli has no voice. One morning Eli finds a horn on the beach. When she blows into one end of it, it makes a fantastic loud noise, which goes: " Trööömmmpffff!" Eli is overjoyed - now she finally has her own voice! But before long she finds out that the trumpet belongs to Duke Junior. Without his trumpet Duke Junior isn't himself anymore: he's incomplete. What should Eli do?

World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translation of 2020

"If illustrations could make noise, then Piret Raud's art would sing…. Ellie's Voice will likely give readers, too, the feels and something to think about. Estonian author/illustrator Raud's parable of self-acceptance, which features intricate black-and-white images of egg-shaped and otherwise oblong animals built with careful lines and pointillistic dots, harbors some applause-worthy sight gags…. The black-and-white line-and-dot art in this animal-centric parable about a
lost horn is music to the eyes."
Nell Beram, Shelf Awareness

"A stunning and emotive picture book with text and images that truly sing."
Outside in World