The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

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by John Cech, Eric Puybaret
     
 

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What a special Christmas gift this will be: the beloved holiday fantasy, beautifully retold by John Cech (author of our Classic Fairy Tale series) and illustrated by Eric Puybaret, whose imaginative art helped turn Puff, the Magic Dragon into a blockbuster. Cech bases his version on E.T.A. Hoffman's original, which features not only the story familiar to all ballet… See more details below

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What a special Christmas gift this will be: the beloved holiday fantasy, beautifully retold by John Cech (author of our Classic Fairy Tale series) and illustrated by Eric Puybaret, whose imaginative art helped turn Puff, the Magic Dragon into a blockbuster. Cech bases his version on E.T.A. Hoffman's original, which features not only the story familiar to all ballet lovers, but other wondrous adventures-including the tale of Princess Pirlipat and an explanation of the origins of the Nutcracker himself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cech's adaptation retains the story-within-a-story structure of Hoffman's original, while Puybaret's stylized illustrations—composed of strong but muted colors and clean, flat shapes—suggest a dizzying fever-dream. After battling the Mouse King, Marie travels to the Nutcracker's hypnagogic homeland where “harlequins somersaulted one over the other” and “Turkish dancers spun so fast they moved like tops across the floor,” awakening on Christmas morning with a headache and sore throat. Fixing her nutcracker, Godfather Drosselmeier relays the Nutcracker's tale over several pages and, years later, the Nutcracker comes to her as a young man, his curse broken. A provocative and layered conceptualization. Ages 5–12. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4–This retelling includes the full narrative of the classic E. T. A. Hoffmann text without all of the old-fashioned turns of phrase, making it a good choice for an extended read-aloud. The luminous, rather stylized acrylic illustrations depict a contemporary Marie who moves from the realistic setting of her home to the dream and fantasy worlds of the Nutcracker. A worthy purchase where yet another illustrated version of the story is needed.–Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Cech's adaptation of the holiday classic is based on Hoffman's original rather than on the later ballet. Although the story has been shortened, it is still too lengthy for most children, and some spreads have just text and no illustrations. Puybaret's acrylic paintings show an art deco influence, and the muted colors, shadowy atmosphere and subdued expressions on the characters' faces (as well as the army of mice slinking out of the darkness) give the illustrations a nightmarish rather than dreamlike quality. The characters are like puppets: Marie is a sad blond girl who smiles only on the cover illustration, and the Nutcracker is still a wooden figure even after he has come to life. Shorter and more cheerful versions of the story are more appropriate for the season and for today's young readers. (Picture book. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402785054
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
11/22/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
789,910
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

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