"A classic, new and complete. One of the ten best illustrated children's books of the year." --New York Times Book Review
The tale of The Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share. Illustrator Maurice Sendak designed brilliant sets and costumes for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Christmas production of The Nutcracker and created even more magnificent pictures especially for this heirloom quality book.