The Nutcracker (Hardcover)

By Niroot Puttapipat, Niroot Puttapipat (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763681258, 12pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

List Price: 19.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


An exquisite gift edition of The Nutcracker captures the spirit of the Christmas ballet in elegant illustrations—and delivers a glorious pop-up finale.

The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular ballets, telling the captivating story of Clara and the Nutcracker prince as they journey into a land of fantasy. Inspired by Marius Petipa’s sets for the original production of the ballet, Niroot Puttapipat’s delicate silhouette illustrations dance across pale, watercolor-washed backgrounds in a unique interpretation. Starkly beautiful, this keepsake edition evokes all the magic and anticipation of Christmas Eve as Clara and the prince waltz between worlds—and culminates in a 3-D spread bringing the dreamlike Land of Sweets to life.

About the Author

Niroot Puttapipat grew up in Thailand, the grandson of a Lanna princess. He studied illustration at Kingston University and is the illustrator of the novelty books The Night Before Christmas and Jingle Bells. Niroot Puttapipat lives in London.

Praise For The Nutcracker

Puttapipat continues his stellar series of illustrated Christmas classics with this fresh look at the beloved ballet story, using a design similar to his memorable versions of The Night Before Christmas (2007) and Jingle Bells (2015)...An exquisite interpretation with its own magical transformation.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Puttapipat follows The Night Before Christmas (2007) and Jingle Bells (2015) with another lushly illustrated interpretation of a holiday classic, this time painting the story of the Nutcracker in elegant black silhouettes in ornate landscapes, both realistic and fantastical...It’s a captivating version of this beloved tale that will have readers poring over every detail of the art.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This book would make an eye-catching display during the holiday season.
—Booklist Online

There are many beautiful editions of The Nutcracker. This sophisticated version can take its place among them.
—School Library Journal