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A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas G. Riley Mills(Author),Wilson Swain(Illustrator)

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A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas

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Original name book: A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas

Pages: 40

Language: English

Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 21, 2009)

By: G. Riley Mills(Author),Wilson Swain(Illustrator)

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Supported Devices Windows PC/PocketPC, Mac OS, Linux OS, Apple iPhone/iPod Touch.
# of Devices Unlimited
Flowing Text / Pages Pages
Printable? Yes

Category - Children's Books

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This is no ordinary Nutcracker! This time, it's Fritz's story. The traditional Nutcracker tale gets turned on its head in this rollicking Christmas adventure, based on the hit musical A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas by the popular family music rock star Ralph Covert and playwright G. Riley Mills. Includes a bonus CD of songs from the musical, featuring a read-aloud track with the music and story woven together.

Kindergarten-Grade 4–This spin-off on the classic story is based on a musical play that is being staged in Chicago during the 2009 holiday season. The focus here is on Fritz, who accidentally releases the evil Mouse King from the video game where he had been trapped. With the help of the Nutcracker, a girl named Marie, he travels to Christmas Wood, a magical place where toys are readied for Christmas giving, and sends the Mouse King back to the video game where he belongs. An accompanying CD includes a track of the author reading the story to a musical background and five songs from the musical. Busy, heavily stylized acrylic, oil, and colored-pencil cartoons are appropriate to the text. This nutty tale may be delightful on stage, but it falls flat as a picture book.–Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, CA END AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Ocean travels, swordfights and stinky cheese all play a part in a version of the Yuletide favorite likely to appeal to boys who might doze at the ballet.USA TODAY [an] amusing fantasy that blends old and new traditions..

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Customer Reviews
  • By Teresa on December 30, 2017

    Not your regular nutcracker story, but a different one to add to the nutcracker story collection. Not my sons favorite he likes to hear the traditional more so. However I like that its a different story its cute for a nutcracker twist.

  • By Karen Joan on January 3, 2010

    Every Christmas Eve, we give our children Christmas-themed books to add to their collections. This year, my 4 ½ year old received A NUTTY NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS, by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills. Having been big fans of Ralph's World on the Disney Channel, this book was a highly anticipated addition to her Christmas library.In A NUTTY NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS, the traditional nutcracker tale is twisted and updated. Clara's brother, Fritz, breaks her nutcracker as expected, but this time, as a punishment, his beloved video game, Mouse Hunter 5000, gets locked away in a closet. Fritz also must stay home from a performance of The Nutcracker, while the neighbor, Mr. Drosselmeier babysits. Fritz is very pouty and grumpy about this turn of events until the Mouse King from his game appears in the closet! Of course, the Mouse King is quickly followed by the Nutcracker. Only in this twist, the Nutcracker is...well...different! The Mouse King is determined to stop Christmas, and Fritz and the Nutcracker must save the day.My young daughter was really taken with this new angle on the time-honored Nutcracker tale. The original is one of her favorite stories, and this twisted version really made her laugh. The illustrations by Wilson Swain are eye-catching and quite detailed, with a wonderful, fairytale quality to them. As an added bonus, this book comes with the story on CD, so that my wee one can read along, something she really loves doing. At the end of the CD are several of Ralph's songs, which are always a treat.A NUTTY NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS is a terrific addition to any Christmas library. I know that we will be reading this one for years to come.

  • By bayareakirk on November 5, 2009

    This is a modern re-telling of the Nutcracker, a story many of us have seen acted out in the Nutcracker ballet - a family favorite. The basic plot is of a girl who dreams of a battle between a Nutcracker Prince and a Mouse King. Lots of dancing, and candy, and toys that come-to-life bring the plot alive for children.This version is a children's book by Ralph Covert (singer, song writer, playwright, and author) and shares the basic plot but with several twists. In this story a modern day boy is the dreamer. The boy breaks his sister's Nutcracker toy and is grounded with a "boring" babysitter while his family goes to the Nutcracker ballet on Christmas Eve. He doesn't mind missing the ballet, but focuses on retrieving his video game that was also taken away for punishment. He doesn't fall asleep to dream, but manages to retrieve his video game (Mouse Hunter 5000) and plays so intently trying to capture the mouse that the game comes to life and he's absorbed into it's world. He meets the Nutcracker (a girl in this version) and she enlists his help in battling the Mouse King to save Christmas. Together they save Christmas just in time for Santa to load his sleigh and for him to be returned home before his family returns from the Nutcracker ballet.There is also an enclosed CD. On the first track, the author reads the story with great enthusiasm and with accompanying music and sound effects. The next five tracks are unique Christmas songs.The book itself is nicely bound and illustrated. A great Christmas gift for children 6-12 I think. Some reviews recommend it for boys but it's fun for boys and girls. My 6yo girl loves it just as many young boys love the Nutcracker ballet.My only complaint and reason to remove a star is about the enclosed CD. The CD is enclosed on the inside front cover but to open the CD's envelop there is a piece of tape that would not peel off. It lifted and tore the paper instead - so an otherwise beautiful book is damaged and unsightly on the inside cover. Also, I would like a signal when to turn the page when listening to Covert read the story. You have to read along to know when to turn the page and it would be nice to get absorbed in the pictures instead.All in all, a good addition to children's Christmas books.

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