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Nutcracker Night

by Mireille Messier, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

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list price: $22.95
edition:Hardcover
published: Sep 2019
ISBN:9781772780918
publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
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Discover the sights, sounds and magic of a night at the ballet that will prepare even the youngest of children for their first theatrical experience

Beep! Beep! go the taxis. Voof! go the velvet curtains. The Nutcracker ballet and New York City’s David H. Koch Theater come to life in this onomatopoeic representation of a little girl’s experience at the ballet. From the swish of her dress and the tick-tick-tick of the conductor’s baton to the twelve bongs of the clock and the pitter-patter of dancers’ feet, this special evening is filled with sensory treats for the eyes and especially the ears. And did she enjoy the ballet? The answer is a big smooch on her father’s cheek.

Written by Mireille Messier, Nutcracker Night is a celebration of a Christmas classic that is often a child’s first experience of the ballet. Award-winning illustrator Gabrielle Grimard infuses each scene with warm holiday colors and a richness that will make young readers feel they are really there. An author’s note enriches the text with further information and a brief summary of the famous ballet.

 

About the Authors
Mireille Messier is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised and now Toronto-based award-winning children's writer with a background in broadcasting and theater. Before becoming an author, Mireille worked as a television and radio host, a scriptwriter, a book reviewer and a voice actress. Sometimes she still does those things. Mireille has published over twenty books, some in French, others in English, for children of all ages. The Branch was nominated for Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and Governor General's Awards. Mireille lives in Toronto with her husband, two wonderful daughters, three fluffy cats and over a hundred goldfish.
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Gabrielle Grimard dessine depuis son plus jeune âge. Sa passion pour le dessin et la peinture l’a amenée à faire des études en beaux-arts et en enseignement des arts plastiques à l’Université Concordia. Sa carrière d’illustratrice a démarré après la naissance de son premier enfant. Elle a déménagé de Montréal à Waterville, au Québec, où elle vit désormais avec ses deux enfants, plusieurs poules et son mari, qui construit des bateaux en bois. Tous deux partagent une ancienne grange convertie en atelier d’artistes.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
k to 3
Awards
  • Winner, Northern Lights Book Award: The Arts
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Praise for Nutcracker Night

2019 Northern Lights Book Award: The Arts Winner

"A sprightly introduction to the classic Christmas ballet....The spare text...[delivers] the story through a series of combinations of expertly chosen onomatopoeia and dialogue guiding readers from the anticipation of the ballet through its first act, intermission, the second act, the curtain call, and the child narrator's closing, appreciative 'Smooch!' of thanks to her dad. Sure to elicit the storytime equivalent of 'encore' at Christmastime and beyond."—Kirkus Reviews

"This vibrant tribute to a holiday tradition follows a sensory-filled adventure to a Nutcracker performance….A charming entrée for ballet-bound children."—Publishers Weekly

"A good primer to complement a child's first time seeing The Nutcracker and, for those familiar with it, a fresh take on a classic."—The Horn Book Magazine

"Experience Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker through the eyes of a young girl attending the ballet in this fresh rendition of the beloved classic...The sights and sounds of the theater are center stage; musicians, dancers, and a lively audience interact through the onomatopoetic text."—Foreword Reviews

"Nutcracker Night captures the magic of a young school-aged child's visit to the ballet with her father. The Nutcracker, a classic ballet, comes to life as a true auditory experience....The pen and ink with watercolour illustrations are both detailed and energetic....Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine

“The onomatopoeic sounds bring the excitement of the night to life along with the beautiful illustrations rendered in watercolor, gouache, oil, colored pencil and digital media....This is a wonderful introduction to the ballet for young readers and will be enjoyed by fans of the holiday classic.”—Youth Services Book Review

“This delightful picture book would make a lovely December gift for a young child....The pictures here are charming, bringing the characters, audience members, musicians, and dancers to life. We see the rosy cheeks, the children awed by the night and the ones eager for more. There are many children, as would be expected for this ballet, and lots of ages of adults. Fathers and mothers, diversity of people, and a range of festive attire....Beautifully done.”—Canadian Bookworm

“[T]his beautifully illustrated book...are all the sounds a little girl hears as she attends the ballet with her dad....I haven’t had the privilege to attend a performance of the Nutcracker, but based on this book, I can imagine how beautiful it is.”—Booktime

 

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