Monday, October 06, 2008
Kids@Random House recently sent me a beautiful new children's book for review, The Nutcracker, as retold by Stephanie Spinner and illustrated by Peter Malone.
(I love this brief sentence in Spinner's bio: I read straight through my childhood, with breaks for food, sleep, and the bathroom.) Ah, yes, how many of us commiserate intimately with such disclosure?
Mr. Malone's rich artwork typifies the kind of books I would seek out as a child; soft, beautiful pictures that could tell a story with nary a printed word.
The Nutcracker is, of course, an old story written by E.T.A. Hoffman and made famous in musical adaptation by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Spinner and Malone's version captures the scenes well remembered and cherished with just the right amount of text-to-illustration. (And who hasn't had a shiver or two while thinking about The Mouse King?)
And I know it's only my own interpretation, but wouldn't Sam Elliott make a great Nutcracker Hero? An added treat (no, not Sam E.) - the book comes with a musical CD of Tchaikovsky's beloved masterpiece, a great way to introduce classical music to your own beloved little masterpieces.
Great stocking stuffer!