Delightful Secrets of the Nutcracker

Many have heard the traditional story of The Nutcracker.However, few know the story behind the legend of ‘The Hard Nut’, the spell cast on young Frederick by the Rat Queen herself, and how the spell came to be lifted. This story is a glimpse into the great legend told in a way you’ve never heard before.



Christmas and the Nutcracker go together like peanut butter and jelly; the story is completely entrenched in our enjoyment of the season. Numerous retellings have been done in movies, books, the ballet and more as its one of the holiday’s most endearing classics.

The book reminded me so much of a 1990 Canadian animated film The Nutcracker Prince featuring the voice talents of Kiefer Sutherland as Hans (The Nutcracker), Peter O’Toole as Pantaloon and Phyllis Diller as the Mousequeen that I had to turn the DVD on to watch with my kids when we were done with the story.

Adair provides yet another sweet retelling of this age old story with beautiful illustrations that perfectly capture the Victorian era and help get you into the holiday spirit. The Nutcracker’s backstory is given for those who don’t remember it and need a refresher.

Thank you to Netgalley and Adair Publications for allowing me to review this!

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