by Maurice Sendak


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The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share. Maurice Sendak designed brilliant sets and costumes for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Christmas production of Nutcracker and created even more magnificent pictures especially for this book. He joined with the eminent translator Ralph Manheim to produce this illustrated edition of Hoffmann's wonderful tale, destined to become a classic for all ages. The world of Nutcracker is a world of pleasures. Maurice Sendak's art illuminates the delights of Hoffmann's story in this rich and tantalizing treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780517586594
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/08/1991
Series: Fairy Tale Classics Series
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 485
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 9.99(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

About the Author

Don Daily (1940-2002) illustrated many classic children’s books and anthologies for Courage Books. He also created posters for many films, including The Lone Ranger, The Great Santini, and Roots. Daily’s work has appeared in such magazines as Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping.


Ridgefield, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

June 10, 1928

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York


Art Students' League

Table of Contents

Christmas Eve1
The Presents6
Marie's Favorite11
Strange Happenings15
The Battle27
Marie's Illness34
The Story of the Hard Nut41
The Story of the Hard Nut, Continued47
The Story of the Hard Nut, Concluded52
Uncle and Nephew60
The Land of Dolls71
The Capital76

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I'm a great fan of the Nutcracker ballet and was intruiged by the actual story that inspired it. Unfortunately it is not quite the charming fairy tale I had hoped it would be. It's rather dark and moody, quite unlike the fantasy and magic of the ballet, yet interesting nonetheless. I prefer this edition for Maurice Sendack's incredible illustrations, they are reason enough to purchase this book. To see them live visit the wonderful production of the Nutcracker Ballet put on by the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.