Synopses & Reviews
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. Hoffmans 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 childs tree.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Cech bases his beautiful retelling on E.T.A. Hoffman's original story, which features not only the plot 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. Full color.
About 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 Childrens 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 Childrens Literature Association; and won the Chandler Award of Merit for his work in Childrens 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.