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Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, translated by Ralph Manheim.

Published by Crown Publishers in 1984, sixth printing.

Book design by Ken Sansone



100 pages / 10 x 9.8 x .5 inches / 25.5 x 25 x 1.5 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

Wear to the dustcover (especially around the edges - some fading). Some small stains / sticker residue.


"A classic, new and complete. One of the 10 best illustrated children's books of the year."--New York Times Book Review

The tale of 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.

Maurice Sendak designed brilliant sets and costumes for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Christmas production of Nutcracker and has created even more magnificent pictures especially for this book. He has joined with the eminent translator Ralph Manheim to produce this illustrated edition of Hoffmann's wonderful tale, destined to become a classic for all ages.

The world of Nutcracker is a world of pleasures. Maurice Sendak's art illuminates the delights of Hoffmann's story in this rich and tantalizing treasure.

Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, illustrated by Maurice Sendak


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