Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
Lavishly and elegantly packaged, this belongs under every child’s tree.

Deck the halls with do-it-yourself holiday ornaments inspired by The Nutcracker.(PDF)

2009 Parents' Choice Recommended winner

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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 Kids
  • Edition description: NOOK ePib
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 475,965
  • Age range: 5 - 12 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

John Cech writes plays, poetry, and fiction for both children and adults, and is a Professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is also the Director of the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture and has served as a judge for The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year, as well as the Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards; was President of the Children’s Literature Association; and won the Chandler Award of Merit for his work in Children’s Literature.

Eric Puybaret was born in France, and graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His first American book was Puff, the Magic Dragon, by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton, published by Sterling in 2007.



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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Lovely Artwork - Preview first

    I just bought the digital edition. It's hard for me as a Nookbook beginner to navigate. The print is small, and tapping to enlarge it and scrolling in order to read is tricky. I ordered it for my 7 year old Goddaughter to read with me, but I think it will be awhile before we do. It's probably better for the older of the age range listed in the sales summary.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2010

    Long...

    This story was a long one. Trying to read it to my 5 year old was a bit tough. She liked it, but it quickly went to the bottom of her book pile- just too long.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Neat illustrations!

    This is just the basic Nutcracker story line, so if you're looking for any writing beyond that, you'll be disappointed. But the illustrations are very neat. The style is different (in a good way!) than what you usually see in Christmas children's books, but still bright and pretty.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Nice retell, a little confusing

    It's a nice book to read aloud to kids.
    While I was reading it, a few parts were a bit confusing and not well explained. The end wasn't natural. Though, I was reading it aloud, so I might be wrong.

    Beautiful pictures and great imagery!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Htiaf

    I love it is a good book

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    Bad!!!!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2010

    The Nutcracker

    Great classic reading for the holidays!

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