The Nutcracker & the Mouse King

, retel. tr. from German by Anthea Bell. illus. by Yana Sedova. 36p. Minedition. Oct. 2016. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9789888341276.
K-Gr 3—This picture book retelling of the original Hoffmann tale, which was written 200 years ago, is illustrated with rich, painterly precision and dreamlike details that echo the story's shifts from reality to fantasy. Gears and clockwork elements appear throughout, and the seven-headed Mouse King is particularly realistic, down to the whiskers. The storytelling is straightforward, and neither the battle scene nor the foray to Candytown is very long or graphic.
VERDICT A gorgeously made edition for collectors and literature experts.

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