From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4–This lavishly illustrated book features sweeping, theatrical watercolor spreads and elaborate borders that help to draw connections between the real-life action, Marie's dream, and the ballet itself. A brief introduction gives the background of the story's publication and its connection to the Tchaikovsky ballet. In comparison to the polished and stylish Nutcracker
retold by John Cech (HarperBlessings, 2009), this lengthy version features more dialogue–occasionally stilted–and busier, larger illustrations.–Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, CA
About the Author
E. T. A. Hofmann is the well-known German writer and composer. He pursued a career in law before turning his talents to composing music and writing stories. He is best known for his writing, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is one of his most famous stories. GAIL deMARCKEN is the acclaimed illustrator for many wonderful picture books such as Miss Hunnicutt's Hat, The Quiltmaker's Gift, and The Quiltmaker's Journey, all written by Jeff Brumbeau; Clever Ali by Nancy Farmer; and Born to Pull by Bob Cary. Her artwork has won many prestigious awards. Ms. deMarcken has lived all over the world and currently lives in the woods near Ely, Minnesota, with her husband.