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A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas
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 ...more
Novelty Book, 40 pages
Published October 21st 2009 by Chronicle Books
(first published 2009)
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A modern take on the traditional Nutcracker story, based on "the hit musical...by the popular children's rock star Ralph Covert". (I hadn’t heard of either.) When Fritz (Clara's brother) breaks his sister's favorite nutcracker doll, he is left at home with a boring old neighbor and his favorite video game (Mouse Hunter 5000) is locked away. When Fritz sneaks his video game out and plays it, the Mouse King suddenly appears and Fritz and the now alive (and girl) Nutcracker have to save Christmas. ...more
I picked out this book because I wanted to see how closely related it was to the original Nutcracker. It kept a lot of the major events the same but put a twist on it and made it more modern. For example, the main conflict involved Videogames. Typically, little girls usually enjoy The Nutcracker. However, In A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas, I believe little boys might enjoy this because the main character is a boy trying to fix his video game. This book would be great for children to read themselve ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a modern take on The Nutcracker, offering an altered version of the classic story. The narrative is entertaining and the illustrations are colorful and whimsical, if a bit bizarre in places. Overall, it's a fun book to read aloud and we enjoyed reading it together.
Nov 26, 2010 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it it was amazing
An interesting twist on the Nutcracker. There is a cd that accompanies the book which has music an a read aloud on it. This modern day version mixes the classic tale with a video game premise. Very cool.