Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Book 398: The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, retold by John Cech, illustrated by Eric Puybaret, Sterling Books, 2009.

This is a good and comprehensive retelling of the classic tale of The Nutcracker.  The text ran a bit too long to make it a single-sitting book for a six-yeear-old, but there is a place for longer picture books in our home library.

The illustrations are lovely, but oddly straightforward compared to some of the work in other books illustrated by Puybaret.  I would have that the story of The Nutcracker would lend itself perfectly to Puybaret's whimsical and magical style, but, instead, he kept the artwork comparatively subdued.

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