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The Nutcracker Illustrated by Alison Jay

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers

Pages: 40

Ages: 3-5

Publishers Summary: Based on the Balanchine ballet, this sumptuous package is the perfect gift for any fan of The Nutcracker young or old. The nicely balanced text (not too much, not too little) captures all the best moments and sets the stage for Alison Jay’s richly imagined art. Sharp-eyed readers will notice tiny details playing out thrillingly over the course of the story (keep an eye on the gifts under the Christmas tree!). From the cozy Christmas party to the delectable Marzipan Palace, Alison Jay’s artwork is truly enchanting snow-globe version of The Nutcracker to read every night before Christmas and all winter long.

Sweet As A Bug: “Oh! So pretty! My favorite is the kitty and then the ballerina, but I also really like the fighting part with the rats. So exciting! Especially because my mom and brother will somtimes act out the whole part in our living room. Fun!

“My mom told me that this is usually a play that you watch people dance around to. Doesn’t that sound neat? We’ve even listened to some of the music, which is so pretty! My mom even said that she played the music before on her flute, which I would love to hear, even if my big brother doesn’t like it.

“This is such a good story! And the pictures are so pretty, just like my other books by the same person. I hope one day I get to go see this story in real life!”

Mom’s Two Cents: “Told through the eyes of brilliant illustrator, Alison Jay, the story of The Nutcracker come to life. From dancing sugar plums to fighting rats and mice the pages tell the story of the Nutcracker turned Prince through the bravery of sweet Clara who loved her Nutcracker enough to defend him. Then onto the Prince’s kingdom, the Land of Sweets with dancers and sweets of every kind. And finally back home where Clara rises in the morning to discover her handsome Nutcracker repaired and nestled in her arms. Was it a dream? Only Clara and the Nutcracker will ever know.

“Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. I know that many of my readers already know I love Alison Jay’s illustrations fiercely. There’s a quality about them that is so childlike and lovely, it makes you feel at home from the first page. Jay’s retelling of the beloved story The Nutcracker is especially wonderful, because it combines not only her gorgeous illustrations to the page but a whimsical story as well. It’s definitely the perfect combination.

“Alison Jay’s retelling of The Nutcracker is sublimely beautiful. Told in a way that will have older readers falling in love with an old classic all over again and new readers beginning a delightful Christmas tradition to be carried on for years to come. This is The Nutcracker as it should be told, through the eyes of a child and in beautiful illustrations. The only thing lacking…music perhaps, but that’s easily remedied! Turn on your favorite music rendition of The Nutcracker and read away while visions of sugar plums dance in little ones heads.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 and up. A story that should be shared again and again. Told as only Alison Jay could illustrate, just stunning.

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7 Responses to Book Review: The Nutcracker Illustrated by Alison Jay

  1. O I just adore the Nutcracker. I might need this for me 🙂

  2. Jess M. says:

    This looks so good! The Nutcracker is one of my favorite Christmas stories. My aunt used to take me to see the ballet every year. Alison Jay’s illustrations look absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Gina says:

    Oh, this looks darling! We usually try to see a live performance of it every year. Unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards this time around, but a read through is just the substitute to remedy the situation. Might have to seek this particular one out….thanks for the review, Danielle!

  4. […] for this one as we’ve loved all of Alison’s other illustrated books! (Our reviews: The Nutcracker and Picture […]

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