Publishers WeeklyLet's just say that liberties have been taken with this retelling. Barbie stars as Clara, of course dolled up in pink flounces and lace, and coifed within an inch of her blonde Malibu life. Hoffman's holiday tale is almost unrecognizable, with Clara/Barbie and the Nutcracker setting off on a quest to reverse a shrinking spell cast by the Mouse King. Along the way they meet such creatures as Major Mint, Colonel Candy and Marzipan (a purple horse with Barbie-like tresses). When Clara/Barbie's new friends are kidnapped by the Mouse King, she rescues them in one anticlimactic sentence ("When Clara reached the castle, she sneaked inside and saved her friends"). The chirpy text depends as heavily on exclamation marks to generate excitement as Sauber's overwrought illustrations do on shades of pink and purple. Given the merchandising power behind the star, this saccharine performance may be the only exposure many children will have to a tale whose timeless magic deserves better. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's LiteratureFans of Barbie will love this picture book adaptation of the ballet that was based on the classic tale by E.T.A. Hoffman and first performed in Russia in 1892. Here, Barbie portrays Clara, the young girl who receives a Nutcracker as a gift from her favorite aunt. The tale stays fairly true to form as Barbie's Nutcracker comes to life and must challenge the evil Mouse King. Barbie and her Nutcracker set out on an exciting adventure that eventually leads both of them back home to a fairy-tale ending. The illustrations sparkle with endless shades of pink, candy castles, gingerbread cottages and glittering snow. 2001, Mattel, $12.95. Ages 6 to 10. Reviewer:Catherine Campbell Wright
- American Girl Publishing
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.89(w) x 11.87(h) x 0.41(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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Barbie And The Nutcracker is a very magical book. It has fairies, mouse who talks¿Whoa! I¿m going way overboard!!! This story is about ballet. Barbie is helping Kelly practice her ballet for the show. But she keeps on messing. So Barbie tells her a story. This story is about a girl called Clara. She lives with her grandfather. But the adventure begins when her Aunt gave her a nutcracker. When she fell asleep, something happened! Find out what happened!!!!!!!