The Nutcracker Mice

By: Kristin Kladstrup

Illustrator: Brett Helquist

A young mouse must save her production of The Nutcracker in this charming holiday tale.

ISBN: 9780763685195

JLG Release: Dec 2017


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School Library Journal

A warm and fuzzy seasonal tale. It’s 1892 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In the famed Mariinsky Theater, the ballet practices for their newest program, The Nutcracker, while the secret Russian Mice Ballet Company is training for their very own performance below the stage. Esmerelda is a young adult mouse who wants nothing more than to be A warm and fuzzy seasonal tale. It’s 1892 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In the famed Mariinsky Theater, the ballet practices for their newest program, The Nutcracker, while the secret Russian Mice Ballet Company is training for their very own performance below the stage. Esmerelda is a young adult mouse who wants nothing more than to be Clara in their performance, but she can’t seem to get her tail in proper ballet position. When food shortages, audience skepticism, and a prima ballerina’s broken foot threaten to ruin the show, Esmerelda saves the day. This is a well-written, steadily paced book that begs to be read by candlelight during the first snows of winter. Readers familiar with the classic ballet will hear the music as they read, and dance enthusiasts will appreciate the jargon, though prior knowledge of either one is not necessary. There is even a light romance between Esmerelda and a Maksim, a mouse from outside the Mariinsky who helps Esmerelda find her strength and courage. Helquist’s jubilant illustrations greatly enhance the book’s appeal. The human cast is homogenous, though the mice are described with differences in appearance and nationality. VERDICT Not revolutionary, but a very sweet and enjoyable Christmas read; recommended as a general purchase.—Taylor Worley, Springfield Public Library, OR

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In 1892 Saint Petersburg, Irina’s father is chief custodian for the Mariinsky Theatre, tasked with solving the theater’s mouse problem before the Nutcracker’s Christmastime debut. While her mother sews costumes, Irina makes clothes in miniature for her doll. Meanwhile, under the stage, the Mariinsky mouse corps de ballet In 1892 Saint Petersburg, Irina’s father is chief custodian for the Mariinsky Theatre, tasked with solving the theater’s mouse problem before the Nutcracker’s Christmastime debut. While her mother sews costumes, Irina makes clothes in miniature for her doll. Meanwhile, under the stage, the Mariinsky mouse corps de ballet members, including plucky Esmeralda, are rehearsing their own Nutcracker. At Esmeralda’s urging, the show has been reworked without all the mouse-bashing, and for the first time will include costumes (remember Irina’s doll clothes?). Irina’s and Esmeralda’s story lines are individually engaging, and their overlapping moments are warmhearted. Copious illustrations (seen only as sketches) enhance both mouse and human worlds. elissa gershowitz

Book Details

ISBN

9780763685195

First Release

December 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.1; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

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