Maurice Sendak (illustrations) and Ralph Manheim (translator) created this new edition of the children’s classic The Nutcracker. It is a beautiful book. The story is the original by E.T.A. Hoffman, which many people are familiar with (although it’s not my favorite). What sets this edition apart is the beautiful artwork. Maurice Sendak did a wonderful job bringing the strange and magical story of Marie, The Nutcracker, and the Mouse King to life. There are multiple times where the artwork is a two page spread, with no text at all. To be clear, this is not a children’s picture book. Most of the pages are completely filled with text, not illustrations. Additionally, the language is a little complex for children. However, this would be a good book for parents to read to their kids. It also would make a nice holiday coffee table book.
I received a review copy of this book through WaterBrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.