The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

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"A classic, new and complete. One of the ten best illustrated children's books of the year."
-- New York Times Book Review The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share. Maurice Sendak designed brilliant sets and costumes for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Christmas production of Nutcracker and created even more magnificent pictures especially for this book. He joined with the eminent translator Ralph Manheim to produce this illustrated edition of Hoffmann's wonderful tale, destined to become a classic for all ages. The world of Nutcracker is a world of pleasures. Maurice Sendak's art illuminates the delights of Hoffmann's story in this rich and tantalizing treasure.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 120 pages
  • 259 x 260 x 20mm | 934g
  • Ney York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • colour illustrations
  • 0385348649
  • 9780385348645
  • 83,980

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"A classic, new and complete."--New York Times Book Review

"E.T.A. Hoffmann's Nutcracker, illustrated with wild-rumpus appeal by Maurice Sendak, restores the holiday classic to its original enigmatic luster."--Vogue
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About E. T. A. Hoffmann

Maurice Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and he remains the only American ever awarded this honor. In 1983, Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, given in recognition of his entire body of work. He also received a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution of arts in America. Ralph Manheim, translator of Grimm's Fairy Tales and many other works, was a renowned German-language translator.
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Rating details

12,578 ratings
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4 33% (4,094)
3 22% (2,818)
2 5% (645)
1 2% (207)

Our customer reviews

Having never read Nutcracker and having never seen the ballet, I wanted to pick this one up for a new holiday read. If you are unfamiliar with the story as I was, it focuses on a little girl and the story behind a nutcracker that is given to her family during Christmas. The story features more violence than I would have imagined, with the rat family threatening multiple people, war, and horrible spells. It also features a land made up of candy items and candy is featured prominently in the story. With so many different candy's making up buildings and areas it made me think of the board game Candy Land and of Willy Wonka. The story is interesting and far fetched, just as a children's fantasy should be. While I think that the book may not hold interest for the littlest of kids (there are many words that I had to look up), older kids will like the fantasy element, the toys that come to life and the rhyming that shows up from time to time. The artwork is very recognizable as Maurice Sendak (Where The Wild Things Are), his style is evident in each illustration. I even noticed a Wild Thing poking out in one piece. Fans of his artwork will be delighted to see more in this book. The story was much longer than I expected, I didn't realize there was that much to Nutcracker, so this isn't a read aloud in 30 minutes kind of book, but one that will take a family several nights to read through together. There are instances where they stop the story being told in the book, which would make for a perfect time to stop for the night when reading aloud to children. ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest more
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