I love the story of The Nutcracker. It's one of those classic holiday stories that is fun to read and see on stage, though, I've never seen a ballet version in person. Must remedy that. When I saw that Maurice Sendak had illustrated a version of the Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman way back in the 1980's that was being reissued, I knew I wanted a copy and a few days later those psychics at Random House offered me one to have and one to giveaway. Mind readers, I tell you.
Sendak apparently worked in set and costume design for a ballet company's version of The Nutcracker years and years ago, which would definitely explain the beauty on these pages. The story is long, definitely best for older children that are willing to sit through a story, and beautifully done. It would make an awesome keepsake for a child that loves the story or for those that just love to collect Sendak books. I wasn't even aware he had done this one... it originally came out the year I was born.
Hooray for Maurice Sendak!