Nutcracker Night – Mireille Messier, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

   Nutcracker Night – Mireille Messier, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, Pajama Press, (9781772780918), 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book?   This is a celebration of the sights and sounds of an enchanting performance of  The Nutcracker. A little girl in a red coat and cat-eared knitted hat sets off with her father to the ballet.  “Swish!Swish! goes my frilly dress.  Clip! Clop! Clip! Clop! go Daddy’s new shoes.”  The onomatopoeic sounds bring the excitement of the night to life along with the beautiful illustrations rendered in watercolor, gouache, oil, colored pencil and digital media.  A night at the ballet is wonderfully depicted from the arrival at the theater, the orchestra tuning, the audience clapping and then, “Voof! go the velvet curtains – Wow!” and the ballet begins.  The story of the Nutcracker is wonderfully told through minimal text and the lovely illustrations.  This is a wonderful introduction to the ballet for young readers and will be enjoyed by fans of the holiday classic.

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is the perfect book to share with readers heading off to a performance of The Nutcracker or for those who love the ballet.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 10/26/19         

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