From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4–Each holiday season seems to generate a new batch of picture-book versions of The Nutcracker
. This edition adds little to the selections already in most collections. The relatively lengthy text tells the complete story of the ballet. Malone's exquisite watercolors depict a late-18th-century household in which a generous godfather presents his rather odd gifts of life-sized dolls and a small nutcracker figure that come alive in Clara's dream. An author's endnote gives the history of the ballet. A CD of the score performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra is included.–Virginia Walter, University of California, Los Angeles
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About the Author
Stephanie Spinner is the author of many highly praised children’s books ranging from It’s a Miracle! A Hanukkah Storybook
(Schwartz/Athenaeum) and the Step-Up Classic Dracula
to the middle-grade novel Aliens for Breakfast
(with John Etra), and Quiver, Quicksilver
, and Damosel
, young adult retellings of myths. She lives in Sherman, Connecticut.
Peter Malone illustrated the Knopf edition of Peter and the Wolf,
also with a CD and in the same format as The Nutcracker.
His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker
and on British Royal Mail stamps. He lives in Oxford, England.