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Natalie Andrewson brings E.T.A. Hoffmann’s surreal and fantastical story to life like never before in this vibrant graphic novel adaptation of the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Of all the gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve, only one captures Marie Stahlbaum’s heart: a humble nutcracker. He’s a curious little man, with kind eyes, sweet red c Natalie Andrewson brings E.T.A. Hoffmann’s surreal and fantastical story to life like never before in this vibrant graphic novel adaptation of the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Of all the gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve, only one captures Marie Stahlbaum’s heart: a humble nutcracker. He’s a curious little man, with kind eyes, sweet red cheeks, and a friendly appearance. And as midnight nears, he comes to life, revealing a fairy-tale world of magic and wonder, wicked princesses and fierce battles . . . and an ancient curse that can only be broken with the help of a true friend. With the evil Mouse King looming and her dream world threatened, Marie will have to find the strength to stand up for her nutcracker—no matter what it takes.


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Natalie Andrewson brings E.T.A. Hoffmann’s surreal and fantastical story to life like never before in this vibrant graphic novel adaptation of the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Of all the gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve, only one captures Marie Stahlbaum’s heart: a humble nutcracker. He’s a curious little man, with kind eyes, sweet red c Natalie Andrewson brings E.T.A. Hoffmann’s surreal and fantastical story to life like never before in this vibrant graphic novel adaptation of the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Of all the gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve, only one captures Marie Stahlbaum’s heart: a humble nutcracker. He’s a curious little man, with kind eyes, sweet red cheeks, and a friendly appearance. And as midnight nears, he comes to life, revealing a fairy-tale world of magic and wonder, wicked princesses and fierce battles . . . and an ancient curse that can only be broken with the help of a true friend. With the evil Mouse King looming and her dream world threatened, Marie will have to find the strength to stand up for her nutcracker—no matter what it takes.

30 review for The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Well this helped me understand the book better. The original book is good, but very confusing. I loved the art work. Reminded me of sugar cookies. Now I'm hungry and want ALL the cookies. Well this helped me understand the book better. The original book is good, but very confusing. I loved the art work. Reminded me of sugar cookies. Now I'm hungry and want ALL the cookies.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carin

    In this fantastical graphic novel, Natalie Andrewson goes back to the original story of The Nutcracker, as told by E.T.A. Hoffmann, which is considerably different from the ballet, so be prepared. Marie (Not Clara), loves the nutcracker that family friend, Uncle Drosselmeyer makes for her and her brother, even after it gets broken. She goes downstairs at night to the locked shelves where it's put away to check on it, and finds the mouse king threatening it. If only Marie will give the mouse king In this fantastical graphic novel, Natalie Andrewson goes back to the original story of The Nutcracker, as told by E.T.A. Hoffmann, which is considerably different from the ballet, so be prepared. Marie (Not Clara), loves the nutcracker that family friend, Uncle Drosselmeyer makes for her and her brother, even after it gets broken. She goes downstairs at night to the locked shelves where it's put away to check on it, and finds the mouse king threatening it. If only Marie will give the mouse king her sweets, and her dolls, and this goes on for a few nights. Finally, as we know, the nutcracker does defeat the mouse king, but only with Marie's help and her sacrifices. Then she is ill and Drosselmeyer tells her and her brother the story, over several days, of how the nutcracker came to be (he was once a real boy). At the end, you decide what is real and what is imaginary. I loved hearing the real story. It's true that the entire second half of the story I was familiar with is different, as there's no Snow Queen or Sugar Plum Fairy, but I did like it better. There's no real story in the second half of the ballet--just prettiness as Clara and the nutcracker passively watch all the treats. Here, there's plenty of story! I love that the pallet and style isn't overly "girly" so there's a chance boys too will pick this up, as it does have toy soldiers and the battles with the mice and everything. (I know, I hate the gendering of books like this. It's more the extreme gendering of ballet--which is impossible to escape--that makes this story feel more gendered than most.) I wish I'd known this version of the story, growing up!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    I'll admit, I've never been a big fan of "The Nutcracker." I'm still recalling countless holiday seasons of being forced to watch it in school, in both filmstrip and videotape form, and my lack of enthusiasm. The music is pretty, but the storyline with its girl with the weird obsession/crush on the freaky-looking nutcracker and the even more freaky seven-headed evil rodent was just a bit too much. That said, this comic, with its unique take on the bizarre storyline and the addition of a side-sto I'll admit, I've never been a big fan of "The Nutcracker." I'm still recalling countless holiday seasons of being forced to watch it in school, in both filmstrip and videotape form, and my lack of enthusiasm. The music is pretty, but the storyline with its girl with the weird obsession/crush on the freaky-looking nutcracker and the even more freaky seven-headed evil rodent was just a bit too much. That said, this comic, with its unique take on the bizarre storyline and the addition of a side-story fairy tale did what I didn't think could be done--it actually resulted in my enjoying "The Nutcracker."

  4. 4 out of 5

    K

    Fun, different. Gorgeous illustrations. Really creepy rat king.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    What a weird weird story. I've only know the vague ballet and not the details behind the story, so this was quite a fever dream. What a weird weird story. I've only know the vague ballet and not the details behind the story, so this was quite a fever dream.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Disclaimer: My review for this book is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley; all the following opinions I express are wholly my own. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: The Graphic Novel is a vibrant adaption of a holiday classic, The Nutcracker. As far as I can tell, this version is basically completely faithful to the original story (purists will rejoice), and retains most, if not all aspects of it. I will say there is definitively more of a childlike-innocence spin to thi Disclaimer: My review for this book is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley; all the following opinions I express are wholly my own. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: The Graphic Novel is a vibrant adaption of a holiday classic, The Nutcracker. As far as I can tell, this version is basically completely faithful to the original story (purists will rejoice), and retains most, if not all aspects of it. I will say there is definitively more of a childlike-innocence spin to this version; (view spoiler)[Marie and the Nutcracker's relationship is written more ambiguously and friend-like rather than romantic- he doesn't ask her to marry him at the end of it all (hide spoiler)] . The illustrations are beautiful and there are a lot of micro-expressions from the characters in the background that make the panels feel dynamic, and the art style lends well to the story and adds to the overall wholesome sweetness of it. There is a great amount of detail in a majority of the drawings, as well as bright, wide-eyed colours throughout the pages. If you're used to pared-down versions of The Nutcracker story, this take may seem slightly absurdist at first, but it didn't take long for me to get into the swing of things. Drosselmeyer's retelling of his story that keeps Marie and Fritz hanging on for more every night is ludicrously laughable but also completely endearing. This is the perfect gift to give to the graphic novel-loving, middle-grade child this holiday season!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    As the story of the Nutcracker is fairly well known, I’ll spare the synopsis. I didn’t love Andrewson’s rendition of the story. I get that a few aspects need to be updated to be more suited for a graphic novel, but it just wasn’t for me. It would likely appeal to younger kids, however. Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of the art in the book either. Nothing particular wrong with it, it’s just not the style I usually like. I had a beautifully illustrated picture book of the Nutcracker growing up, and thi As the story of the Nutcracker is fairly well known, I’ll spare the synopsis. I didn’t love Andrewson’s rendition of the story. I get that a few aspects need to be updated to be more suited for a graphic novel, but it just wasn’t for me. It would likely appeal to younger kids, however. Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of the art in the book either. Nothing particular wrong with it, it’s just not the style I usually like. I had a beautifully illustrated picture book of the Nutcracker growing up, and this just didn’t compete. Thanks to First Second and NetGalley for the eARC.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book is the perfect antithesis to all of those sugary-sweet, pastel-colored, intricately decorated picture books of the Nutcracker which I read as I grew up. (Though I still fiercely love them all; thank you very much to Nostalgia!) Slightly surreal, and with a bright-washed palette, this Nutcracker comes at you fast and fierce and acidic in its sweetness, like licking a Sweetart lolly after drinking something fizzy. Holding mostly true to the original very odd tale, though slightly updated This book is the perfect antithesis to all of those sugary-sweet, pastel-colored, intricately decorated picture books of the Nutcracker which I read as I grew up. (Though I still fiercely love them all; thank you very much to Nostalgia!) Slightly surreal, and with a bright-washed palette, this Nutcracker comes at you fast and fierce and acidic in its sweetness, like licking a Sweetart lolly after drinking something fizzy. Holding mostly true to the original very odd tale, though slightly updated for more modern esthetics (no talk of marriage here!) Andrewson's graphic novel is the Nutcracker that I find most approachable to Hoffman's since I read the version with Sendak's illustrations back in middle school and was so horrified and entranced that I've never quite forgotten it. After this, how could I not love the ballet after reading the story and finding out all the "back stuff" and secrets? I felt so clever knowing EVERYTHING. (Keep in mind that I was in middle school.) I wanted to read other books and figure everything out from this strange world! How could you not want to go and visit all these places? I totally identified with Marie, Clara (?), wait, what is up with her name anyway? Why is she "Marie" in some books/productions and "Clara" in others? Anyway, Marie was amazing! She threw a shoe and defeated a king! The Marie in this book has that spirit, though both she and her brother, Fritz, do seem a bit whiny on top of being spoiled at first. Godfather Drosselmeier is suitably mysterious and creepy in turn as needed, though boring too, as grownups are want to be all too often. Sometimes people forget that. I loved the serialization of the second part of the story; that was done well. And the themes that carried throughout--imagination, love, sacrifice--are still as important today as they were back when this story came out. Very enjoyable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    A graphic novel retelling of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale about a girl with a great imagination, her devotion to a nutcracker she finds under the Christmas tree, how the Nutcracker and the Mouse King came to be great enemies, and how the curse is broken and an imagination is set free. I have to confess that I’ve never actually seen or read an entire adaptation of the Nutcracker story before this. Oh, I know the basics of the story and the music of the famous ballet, but I always seemed to lose interest A graphic novel retelling of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale about a girl with a great imagination, her devotion to a nutcracker she finds under the Christmas tree, how the Nutcracker and the Mouse King came to be great enemies, and how the curse is broken and an imagination is set free. I have to confess that I’ve never actually seen or read an entire adaptation of the Nutcracker story before this. Oh, I know the basics of the story and the music of the famous ballet, but I always seemed to lose interest as a child (or fall asleep, the public TV station always seemed to put the ballet on super late on New Years Eve and we’d watch it to try and stay awake…and proceed to zonk out and get woken up to New Years cheers and then stumble to bed). I was quite surprised to read all the back story in this of how the Mouse King and Nutcracker came to be enemies. I am pretty sure I’ve never heard any version of that part of the story before. It was interesting, and felt very fairytale-ish. The art style is one that will appeal to today’s middle grade crowd. There’s quite a dearth of Christmas graphic novels available, and this would be a nice timeless addition for a library to add that is looking for more holiday tales. Notes on content [based on the ARC]: No language issues. No sexual content. There are fantasy battles but only some rats and toys injured in them. Marie suffers a bad cut on her arm and a pool of blood is shown in one illustration. Some may want to know that the back story involves a lot of use of horoscopes, and that two characters smoke pipes at one point. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    April Gray

    Before reading this book, I was only vaguely familiar with the story of the Nutcracker- I've never read any version of the story, never watched any film adaption of it, and have only seen bits of the ballet. I knew there was a Nutcracker, a young girl, and an evil Mouse King, and that was it. What a surprise to find so much drama, adventure, and downright creepiness in what I'd always assumed was a sweet little Christmas tale! And the feels! The tenderness of Marie's affection for the Nutcracker Before reading this book, I was only vaguely familiar with the story of the Nutcracker- I've never read any version of the story, never watched any film adaption of it, and have only seen bits of the ballet. I knew there was a Nutcracker, a young girl, and an evil Mouse King, and that was it. What a surprise to find so much drama, adventure, and downright creepiness in what I'd always assumed was a sweet little Christmas tale! And the feels! The tenderness of Marie's affection for the Nutcracker, and the sacrifices she makes for him; the frustration and injustice when no one will believe Marie when she tells them what happened, dismissing her story as fever dreams; the fear and disgust inspired by the seven-headed Mouse King; the satisfaction, relief, and happiness at the ending (I really wanted Marie to dance around her parents chanting "Told you so! Told you so!" but she took the high road). Andrewson's art has a childish look to it, and that lends itself to the more platonic tone of her version- in this version, Marie and the Nutcracker are friends, no mention of marriage. The art is lovely, with lots of detail and action, and the scenes with magical happenings have a distinct dream-like quality, distinguishing them from the "real" world. An afterword by the author gives insight into her reasons for wanting to do an adaption of this tale, and why she chose to focus on the character of Marie. A delightful addition to any library! #TheNutcrackerandtheMouseKingTheGraphicNovel #NetGalley

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    The E.T.A. Hoffman Nutcracker is one I re-read every year, so I'm very familiar with the story. I support Natalie Andrewson on Patreon and I was so excited to read her graphic novel adaptation. I think she might have been trying to be too faithful at the beginning, because there was kind of a lot of text from the book and talking heads. But as Andrewson changed the story, the book started to really flow and I felt like the changes made what was originally a bizarre and surreal tale into somethin The E.T.A. Hoffman Nutcracker is one I re-read every year, so I'm very familiar with the story. I support Natalie Andrewson on Patreon and I was so excited to read her graphic novel adaptation. I think she might have been trying to be too faithful at the beginning, because there was kind of a lot of text from the book and talking heads. But as Andrewson changed the story, the book started to really flow and I felt like the changes made what was originally a bizarre and surreal tale into something coherent, where there was a whole character development arc for Clara. I loved how she connected the story of the hard nut to the nutcracker Clara had. This is a weird complaint. I know orange is kind of a vintage Christmas color, but I was kind of surprised that there was SO much orange in the book. Christmas decorations and celebrations definitely are just part of a setting and the story itself doesn't seem particularly "Christmasy." I'm still trying to put my finger on it... maybe it's that the backgrounds are lacking at times. Still, this graphic novel is quite the accomplishment for one person! The borders on the chapter headings are adorable. I hope Anderewson continues to develop her sequential art skills and I would love to read an original graphic novel by her.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Let the holiday book love commence! The graphic novel retelling of the beloved Nutcracker classic is both fantastic and surreal. Organized into 14 chapters, the story of Marie and Fritz Stahlbaum has all the characters readers have come to know - or discover: Fritz's Hussar soldiers and Marie's doll, Miss Clarette, the wicked Mouse King and his army, and the Nutcracker. The story unfolds like a fever dream, shifting between Marie's dreams and the wide-awake storytimes told by their godfather, th Let the holiday book love commence! The graphic novel retelling of the beloved Nutcracker classic is both fantastic and surreal. Organized into 14 chapters, the story of Marie and Fritz Stahlbaum has all the characters readers have come to know - or discover: Fritz's Hussar soldiers and Marie's doll, Miss Clarette, the wicked Mouse King and his army, and the Nutcracker. The story unfolds like a fever dream, shifting between Marie's dreams and the wide-awake storytimes told by their godfather, the children's uncle Drosselmeyer. It's manic, often creepy, and a new spin on the classic tale. Give this to your adventure and fantasy fans. An author's note talks about the original story versus the adaptation that Natalie Andrewson 'wanted to tell'. A frenetic adventure that's going to be read at Christmastime and beyond.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    I absolutely loved the illustrations in this story! Thanks again to NetGalley and First Second for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for feedback. I’m actually not too familiar with the actual story, besides what children’s movies I’ve seen that talked about the Nutcracker. This was something that I went into without much background knowledge, so to read it with an open mind was wonderful! I plan to find a copy of the actual story to read during the holidays this year to become more famil I absolutely loved the illustrations in this story! Thanks again to NetGalley and First Second for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for feedback. I’m actually not too familiar with the actual story, besides what children’s movies I’ve seen that talked about the Nutcracker. This was something that I went into without much background knowledge, so to read it with an open mind was wonderful! I plan to find a copy of the actual story to read during the holidays this year to become more familiar with it and I plan on getting this GN to pair with it. Wonderful story that kept me engaged the entire time between the fairy tale being told and the REAL reason the Nutcracker was in Marie’s house.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Booey

    I was completely taken in by the cover of this graphic novel when I saw it on the shelf at the library. Natalie Andrewson's art is so whimsical and colorful. It made me pluck it off the shelf for my TBR pile almost immediately. Full confession, I have never seen or read the Nutcracker before this so I didn't really have anything to compare it to. But I loved the story and the way that the creator was able to tell it through both words and pictures. The full chapter art pages are one of my favorit I was completely taken in by the cover of this graphic novel when I saw it on the shelf at the library. Natalie Andrewson's art is so whimsical and colorful. It made me pluck it off the shelf for my TBR pile almost immediately. Full confession, I have never seen or read the Nutcracker before this so I didn't really have anything to compare it to. But I loved the story and the way that the creator was able to tell it through both words and pictures. The full chapter art pages are one of my favorite parts and I have to also say the panel of Fritz jumping out of his bed in excitement to get Marie a sword for the Nutcracker is so hilarious and cute. Adding it to the recommend pile for sure.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan Mann

    I guess I never paid much attention to the actual story of the Nutcracker, so it was refreshing to sit down and have a new version of it to reacquaint myself with it. Mouserinks and the Mouse King are insane. I loved the idea that this was all a fever dream to everyone BUT Marie. She knew everything was real and she knew she needed to save the Nutcracker. I loved the story of the nutcracker being a boy who was trying to fix one prophecy and wound up needing help to fix his own prophecy. I really I guess I never paid much attention to the actual story of the Nutcracker, so it was refreshing to sit down and have a new version of it to reacquaint myself with it. Mouserinks and the Mouse King are insane. I loved the idea that this was all a fever dream to everyone BUT Marie. She knew everything was real and she knew she needed to save the Nutcracker. I loved the story of the nutcracker being a boy who was trying to fix one prophecy and wound up needing help to fix his own prophecy. I really enjoyed this. Great to read in December. I also really enjoyed the panels!

  16. 4 out of 5

    RivkaBelle

    The author talks about how the "fever dream" aspect of Hoffmann's original was one of her key takeaways, and I must agree, ha. This was fun and wildly colorful and very much a Nutcracker versus the Mouse King (with much help from Marie), but it was also not what I anticipated. Perhaps I'm too used to the ballet version of the story? {I mean to read Hoffmann's original, and have not yet} However it was enjoyable and definitely creepy in places, and I think the graphic novel format really allows f The author talks about how the "fever dream" aspect of Hoffmann's original was one of her key takeaways, and I must agree, ha. This was fun and wildly colorful and very much a Nutcracker versus the Mouse King (with much help from Marie), but it was also not what I anticipated. Perhaps I'm too used to the ballet version of the story? {I mean to read Hoffmann's original, and have not yet} However it was enjoyable and definitely creepy in places, and I think the graphic novel format really allows for all the emotion and "extra" to seep in to the action.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    A brilliantly fun graphic novel adaptation of a twisted, strange, poorly written, magical book. Be prepared; this may be the book the ballet is based off of, but the two have very little in common. I appreciated the theme of imagination and storytelling throughout, but there was no Sugar Plum Fairy so.... There was a theme of imagination and storytelling throughout the tale, which I did appreciate. The artwork by Andrewson is a brilliant match to the crazy tale and their author's note at the end A brilliantly fun graphic novel adaptation of a twisted, strange, poorly written, magical book. Be prepared; this may be the book the ballet is based off of, but the two have very little in common. I appreciated the theme of imagination and storytelling throughout, but there was no Sugar Plum Fairy so.... There was a theme of imagination and storytelling throughout the tale, which I did appreciate. The artwork by Andrewson is a brilliant match to the crazy tale and their author's note at the end was wonderful.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I knew vaguely of this tale, but most of what I know is from the ballet. This is a fun, fantastical story about adventure and I,agitation. Marie is given a nutcracker for Christmas. She loves this nutcracker more than anything and will protect it from the mouse king, there is a story within a story, where we learn the history of the nutcracker. The art is really neat and eye-catching. The story is fun. I'd hand this to children ages 8-11, who are looking for a fun adventure. #Netgalley I knew vaguely of this tale, but most of what I know is from the ballet. This is a fun, fantastical story about adventure and I,agitation. Marie is given a nutcracker for Christmas. She loves this nutcracker more than anything and will protect it from the mouse king, there is a story within a story, where we learn the history of the nutcracker. The art is really neat and eye-catching. The story is fun. I'd hand this to children ages 8-11, who are looking for a fun adventure. #Netgalley

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I thought I would love this, but it's just not for me. The illustrations are cool and the story is interesting, but halfway through I felt like giving up. It didn't appeal to me anymore. I did finish it and I liked the ending, but overall I give it 2 stars. The way godfather and the brother acted bothered me a lot. Same as the parents, but once you read the author's note, you understand why the parents were like that. I thought I would love this, but it's just not for me. The illustrations are cool and the story is interesting, but halfway through I felt like giving up. It didn't appeal to me anymore. I did finish it and I liked the ending, but overall I give it 2 stars. The way godfather and the brother acted bothered me a lot. Same as the parents, but once you read the author's note, you understand why the parents were like that.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Keith Long

    My 5 year old and I read this together. It is a joy to read, and an excellent first step into the horror genre as I had to reassure my son that the mouse king isn't real, and the ending leaves no loose ends so he wasn't afraid when we were done. This would be a 5 star but I personally have questions about the character of Drosselmeier and I wonder if these would be answered in the actual novel. My 5 year old and I read this together. It is a joy to read, and an excellent first step into the horror genre as I had to reassure my son that the mouse king isn't real, and the ending leaves no loose ends so he wasn't afraid when we were done. This would be a 5 star but I personally have questions about the character of Drosselmeier and I wonder if these would be answered in the actual novel.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    Having never read the original story I only have various (mostly cartoon) movie versions to go on. Therefore I'm not sure how close to the text this version is, but it is another version. The basics are there, a few additions to have a more modern feel, and it is a Nutcracker story. While set at Christmas this has an anytime feel for reading. The graphic novel format is traditional and colors are not overly bold but not muted as well. Having never read the original story I only have various (mostly cartoon) movie versions to go on. Therefore I'm not sure how close to the text this version is, but it is another version. The basics are there, a few additions to have a more modern feel, and it is a Nutcracker story. While set at Christmas this has an anytime feel for reading. The graphic novel format is traditional and colors are not overly bold but not muted as well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joy ;)

    Ahh so cute! It makes me want to work on my comic!! And the spine of the book has both the artist/adaptor/write and ETA Hoffman on it! It’s such a nice concept to be writing a story with someone who lived a hundred years ago. The nutcracker and his family were very cute! I also loved how the nutcracker tried to reason with the Mouse king that their war was not with each other. We love to see it 8/10 very enjoyable; the happy ending was so cute

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Miller

    As a longtime fan of The Nutcracker, from the ballet to the Barbie adaptation, Andrewson truly brings new life to a timeless story. The illustrations sometimes veer more towards explosively expressive, but that shouldn't deter older readers at all - after all, these give the characters such life that practically jumps off the page. As a longtime fan of The Nutcracker, from the ballet to the Barbie adaptation, Andrewson truly brings new life to a timeless story. The illustrations sometimes veer more towards explosively expressive, but that shouldn't deter older readers at all - after all, these give the characters such life that practically jumps off the page.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kellen Green

    An interesting approach to the classic Nutcracker ballet in the form of a Comic/ Graphics Novel. A fast read that presents the story in a child friendly manner and that would probably hook a new young audience (and some reluctant older ones) to the world of musical stories. An ARC if this book was kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Camille Caliman

    Absolutely loved it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story is amazing. Marie's brother and parents pissed me off at times, but the rest was fantastic. This book would be the perfect gift for someone. This is right up there with my favorite version of the Nutcracker which is actually a movie. The Barbie one if anyone cares to know. Absolutely loved it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story is amazing. Marie's brother and parents pissed me off at times, but the rest was fantastic. This book would be the perfect gift for someone. This is right up there with my favorite version of the Nutcracker which is actually a movie. The Barbie one if anyone cares to know.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Like many others I’ve seen the ballet several times because of the hauntingly beautiful music, but I’m always flummoxed by the odd story. What a delight to discover the story in graphic novel form! For understanding the original book on which the ballet is based, it’s five stars. But the art was three stars for me...it’s strangely grotesque, not my cup of tea. Still, reading it this holiday season has been a treat; I would love to see more Christmas-themed graphic novels. 🎄

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    I...don’t really like The Nutcracker. Or, actually, it might be more accurate to say that I have never actually managed to remain awake through The Nutcracker. We went to see the ballet of it, our entire fifth grade class, one year in school. Snore! Years later, in high school, I read some adaptation of it. Snore! And then again, in college, I gave it another try. Snore! Why exactly did I decide to try this version, even though I am very well aware of its ability to put me to sleep? Well let me I...don’t really like The Nutcracker. Or, actually, it might be more accurate to say that I have never actually managed to remain awake through The Nutcracker. We went to see the ballet of it, our entire fifth grade class, one year in school. Snore! Years later, in high school, I read some adaptation of it. Snore! And then again, in college, I gave it another try. Snore! Why exactly did I decide to try this version, even though I am very well aware of its ability to put me to sleep? Well let me tell you: the art reminded me of Hildafolk a bit. That’s all. But you know what? I didn’t fall asleep! I still think it’s a super weird story, but Natalie Andrewson did a pretty great job of explaining it here, and now the whole thing makes a whole lot more sense!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    True to the original ETA Hoffman in all its surrealness and fantasticalness. So, we have Princess Prilipat as well as Marie and Fritz. Note that Marie and Fritz are intended to share the Nutcracker and that there is no party with guests on Christmas Eve. There's no snow, either. True to the original ETA Hoffman in all its surrealness and fantasticalness. So, we have Princess Prilipat as well as Marie and Fritz. Note that Marie and Fritz are intended to share the Nutcracker and that there is no party with guests on Christmas Eve. There's no snow, either.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Constance

    What an odd story! Other than a ballet, a graphic novel is the best way to enjoy this timeless classic that, let’s admit is pretty odd. The graphic novel is excellent and easy to follow. The best medium for exploring the story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

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