Synopses & Reviews
"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.
"Out of print for fourteen years, the reissue of this enchanting Maurice Sendak-illustrated version of Nutcracker
is truly cause to celebrate....Sendak's paintings are glorious, witty, and alive. An utterly delightful book." Adrienne Miller, Esquire
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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
In Nutcracker, the premier children's book illustrator of our time adds his own magic to a story that has long enchanted children and grown-ups alike. Maurice Sendak created this illustrated version of Hoffmann's wonderful tale, basing his illustrations on the sets and costumes he designed for a dance production staged by the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Lavishly illustrated by renowned artist Maurice Sendak, this beautiful hardcover reissue of Hoffman's "Nutcracker" is a classic in its own right. Full color.
About the Author
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