First sentence: It was Christmas Eve, and Clara and her little brother, Fritz, were bursting with excitement.
Premise/plot: A picture book retelling of The Nutcracker. This one is for older readers primarily for two reasons. First, it is text-heavy. Second, it features an intricate pop-up. I don't think it would hold the attention of preschoolers anyway, even without the pop up!
My thoughts: I liked this one. I found the illustrations to be striking. Not bright and bold. Not warm and cozy. But strikingly atmospheric. (A lot more black than what you might be expecting.) They are very beautiful, and invite you into the story.
The story itself is what you'd expect from a retelling of the Nutcracker.
Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10
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