Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker by Mary Engelbreit -- ADVISABLE

Engelbreit, Mary Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker. PICTURE BOOK. HarperCollins Children's Books, 2011. $9.99. Content: G.

When Marie receives an ugly nutcracker for Christmas, she is delighted. But that night she learns the nutcracker is actually an enchanted prince who needs her help to fight the Mouse King who put him under the spell. Together they defeat the king, then set off to explore the prince's magical kingdom.

The story in this retelling is clear, and the illustrations are gorgeous; even the font itself has a special elegance. Because there are many retellings of the ballet, those who are considering purchasing it may want to check their collections first in order to avoid duplicates.

EL -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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