Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last time I looked at Chronicle Books cute Christmas story Christmas with Rita and Whatsit written by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod and illustrated by Olivier Tallec. This week I have Sterling Publishing’s classic Christmas tale The Nutcracker, adapted by John Cech and illustrated by Eric Puybaret. I have to thank Derry at Sterling Kids for my review copy.
John Cech based his wonderful adaptation on the original story by E.T.A. Hoffman. As a family we’ve never seen the Nutcraker ballet but we are familiar with the overall story. I was worried at first that my three-year old daughter would loose interest as the story does have a large number of word pages. But I think Eric Puybaret’s magical illstrations entranced her. As I read, she stared in wonderment at the story, picking out elements, like the Mouse King with seven heads or the Fairies floating down form the sky. The illustrations filled the page with colour.
My oldest daughter loved the story; she loved the relationship between the Nutcracker and the little girl. She especially loved the end where the girl and Nutcracker prince meet. She actually let out a sigh, they type you let out when you see something beautiful. She loved the love story. I enjoyed the background on the Nutcracker, how he came into being.
The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas tale and this edition from Sterling Publishing is a beautiful edition, one you should add to your Christmas collection.