Review: The Nutcracker, retold by Mark A. Taylor

Read: 96
To Go: 4

Book List
91. Call Me Russell — Russell Peters
92.  The Golden Compass — Philip Pullman
93. Homeport — Nora Roberts
94. The Search — Nora Roberts
95. Beach House — R.L. Stine
96. The Nutcracker, retold by Mark A. Taylor

There was no description on the back of this book because it was a picture book. Basically a little girl named Mary receives a Nutcracker for Christmas, and after everyone goes to bed it, and the rest of her toys, come alive to fight the mice and their king. After winning the battle, the Nutcracker takes Mary to his special castle in a magical land, where she promptly falls asleep.

If I told you I was reading this to compare it to the National Ballet’s Nutcracker (to see if the plots were the same), I’d be…lying. Well, partially lying. I mostly read this because I’m a book behind, since 11/22/63 by Stephen King is ridiculously long and I haven’t had much of a chance to read it yet. I’m only half-way through, but hope to finish it tonight.

The Nutcracker was a cute story, but ridiculously short, and didn’t exactly jive with the ballet’s version of events. I’m wondering if it was because it was retold for younger children, so they wanted to keep it short. (It is a picture book, after all.) However, I really liked the illustrations. I thought they were lovely.

Also, it was timely and festive. That’s totally why I read a picture book. Not because I’m trying not to fail this challenge.

Next book: 11/22/63 by Stephen King, also known as the longest book of all time.

– Kelsey


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