A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas

Summary:

There is nothing more important to Fritz Stahlbaum than reaching level 22 on his Mouse Hunter 5000 video game. But when he does, he frees the evil Mouse King. Now alive, the Mouse King is determined to destroy Christmas. What has he done? Just as the Mouse King begins his attack on Fritz, the Nutcracker arrives. She saves him, but the evil Mouse King escapes, and the adventure begins.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a picture book that will bring boys to the story of the Nutcracker Suite. The CD makes it a great choice for first and second grade readers to follow along.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter dove right into this book. She liked the way the characters were drawn and all of the action. There were several spots,though, where she got tired of reading aloud and asked to read silently.

Parent Reaction

What a fun twist on the story. Instead of Clara as the center of the story, it is Fritz ... and Clara takes on the Nutcracker's role. The illustrations remind me of Tim Burton, but they are much brighter in color and meaning.

Type of Book:
This is a modernized, clever twist on the classic Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker Suite. The book comes with a CD.
Educational Themes:

This is a retelling of the classic Nutcracker. It has all of the key elements, though a number of the roles are reversed.

Reading Level:
4.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 9
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a fun story and unlike other versions can engage siblings that are boys AND girls! The CD makes it a good choice for letting the kids entertain themselves, too.

Title A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas
Author Ralph Covert, G. Riley Mills
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2009
Illustrators Wilson Swain
ISBN 9780811861113
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.99
Genres Christmas, Performing Arts
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