It is Christmas Eve and the party is over. Clara creeps downstairs to find Nutcracker, a wooden doll given to her by her mysterious godfather Drosselmeier - a creator of fabulous mechanical toys, has come to life. Through her godfather's strange powers, Clara is caught up in a thrilling battle in which she and Nutcracker - in reality a prince transformed by an evil spell - overcome the Mouse King and his army. Clara's bravery is rewarded by a trip to the magical Land of Sweets, and in the end it is her love and loyalty that lift the curse, transforming Nutcracker back into his true self, and making Clara's dreams come true. This classic love story, which inspired the popular ballet that is danced to one of Tchaikovsky's most magical scores, is wonderfully retold by David Walser, in a direct translation from the original German story. Jan Pienkowski, master of illustration, brings the story vividly to life adding his own magic with exquisite illustrations on sparkling backgrounds. The finale is a multi-layered tableau of intricate laser-cut silhouettes, created in the style of traditional German papercraft. This beautiful and sumptuous novelty book is the ultimate Christmas gift.
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Jan Pienkowski is a celebrated illustrator of children's books and an internationally renowned master of silhouettes. He has won the Greenaway Medal twice for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea and for the pioneering pop-up book Haunted House. David Walser is a writer, translator, artist and musician. His two previous collaborations with Jan Pienkowski are the much acclaimed The Fairy Tales and The Thousand Nights and One Night. Jan and David both live in London.
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Book Description Puffin, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141384549
Book Description Puffin Books, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141384549
Book Description Puffin, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Jan Pienkowski (illustrator). 1st Edition. Puffin Books, Published by The Penguin Group., London., 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: NEW, in cellophane wrapper. Pienkowski, Jan. (illustrator). 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Thick card pages. Illustrated and decorated throughout in colour with silver borders and highlights. In this beautiful gift edition, David Walser discovers the captivating quirkiness of the original German fairy tale, on which the ballet is based. Internationally renowned artist Jan Pienkowski's striking silhouettes leap from richly coloured backgrounds, alive with snow crystals, and foiled with silver. Exquisite colour plates build to a surprise finale - a breathtaking, multi-layered, three-dimensional tableau of intricate paper cuts. Bookseller Inventory # 000442