Review: A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas

Posted on November 10, 2009

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A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas
By Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills
Illustrated by Wilson Swain
Chronicle Books
October 2009
40 pages

When Fritz Stahlbaum breaks his sister’s favorite nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, his parents take away his favorite video game, Mouse Hunter 5000. Adding insult to injury the rest of the family rushes off to see the Nutcracker ballet and the boring neighbor Mr. Drosselmeier comes to babysit. But Fritz sneaks off, unlocks the toy closet and plays with his video game anyway. And that’s when the real adventure begins. Can Fritz defeat the Mouse King and save Christmas?

Wilson Swain’s illustrations are reminiscent of Tim Burton’s animations and contain dialogue banners and humorous character antics that add layers of fun to the action-packed story.

This book also comes with a CD which includes the audiobook of the story plus fun, sing-along songs from the hit musical “A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas”.

A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas is part Nutcracker, part Night Before Christmas, part Year Without Santa Claus, all rolled into one wacky adventure kids will read again and again. This has all the makings of a Christmas classic.

Copyright (c) 2009 by Peggy Tibbetts

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