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G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (2021-11-02)
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Children’s picture books


by Brett, Jan

Jan Brett's striking illustrations and the Christmas classic The Nutcracker are a match made in picture book heaven.

When Marie and her brother Fritz receive a special Christmas nutcracker from their uncle, Marie immediately feels something magical. "He looks like a real boy," she mused. "A real boy with a secret, who came from far away."

This feeling is only the beginning of the epic adventure she goes on with the Nutcracker - into the cabinet, through the battle with the mice, and finally to the magical land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Jan Brett makes this classic her own by setting it in snowy Russia and adding whimsical touches to the favorite elements of the traditional ballet. Enjoying this book will be an instant Christmas tradition for families who love the ballet and those new to the story.

Jan Brett is the beloved bestselling author/artist of many books for children.

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The Boston Globe published an interview with JAN BRETT! It will appear in print in the November 11 issue.

Quote: The Boston Globe

E.T.A. Hoffmann's famous Christmas story of the girl and the wooden nutcracker receives Brett's signature treatment in this rendition, which features elaborate period costumes, rich embellishments, intricate movement and detail, and vignettes around many spreads' borders. Instead of human characters, animals are cast in the traditional second act: Bears dance the Russian Trepak, Arctic foxes perform the Danse Arabe, and reindeer with candles on their antlers accompany Marie to a gingerbread house.

Quote: Publishers Weekly, included the book in their Holiday Gift Guide!

Jan Brett's signature artwork shines in this stunning holiday tale. While the book follows the original ballet, Brett puts her own spin on the classic story by setting it in snowy Russia and adding charming animal characters. With gorgeous details woven in, children will want to pore over this story again and again.

Review: Brightly, Gift Guide

Virtual Author Talk with PBS Books (Dec. 2, 2021)

Quote: PBS Books

It wouldn't be Christmas without a new take on the magical story of a girl and her nutcracker Prince. Brett sets the familiar story in snowy Russia, based on her travels to Saint Petersburg.

Review: The Pioneer Press

Brett... pulls out all the stops for this lush and faithful retelling of Hoffmann's tale and Tchaikovsky's ballet, guiding readers through the story with clear visual references to the latter's music and the dances.

Review: The Horn Book

The Cape Cod Times featured the preorder campaign and JAN BRETT'S THE NUTCRACKER: ... Titcomb's Bookshop in East Sandwich is one of just three bookstores in New England and 15 in the country chosen to sell personalized copies of top children's author/illustrator Jan Brett's new "Jan Brett's The Nutcracker" for this holiday season. ...

Quote: The Cape Cod Times

A Christmas confection laced with an Old World sensibility.

Review: Publishers Weekly

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