I just adore the magical tale of The Nut Cracker and this edition by Jan Pienkowski is beautiful. Presented as a hardback edition with a beautiful pop up handcrafted scene at the end, this is a charming gift for any child. Particularly fitting this year as Disney has released The Nut Cracker as a 3D film. Whether it lives up to the original tale remains to be seen but this book is certainly my favourite edition.
The story remains the same: at a Christmas eve party, little girl Clara goes to look at her toys and find the most beautiful toy soldier nutcracker. When the soldier comes to life, he and Clara must face the evil mouse king who first turned the prince into a toy soldier. Eventually good overcomes evil and Clara is rewarded for her love and bravery. A truly magical book which, through Jan Pienkowski’s incredible illustrations will transport you to the Magical Land of Sweets. Delicious!