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The Nutcracker & Mouseking
The Nutcracker & Mouseking

The Nutcracker & Mouseking

By E. T. A. Hoffmann, Retold by Renate Raecke, Illustrated by Yana Sedova, Translated by Anthea Bell



32 Pages, 10 x 10

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $23.99)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9789888341276

Rights: WOR

minedition (Oct 2016)

Price: $19.99


A sumptuously illustrated edition of the classic holiday tale

The tale of Nutcracker, written 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. This retelling by Renate Raecke is beautifully illustrated by Russian artist Yana Sedova.


"Illustrated with rich, painterly precision and dreamlike details that echo the story's shifts from reality to fantasy . . .A gorgeously made edition." —Virginia Walter, School Library Journal

"Illustrated with rich, painterly precision and dreamlike details that echo the story's shifts from reality to fantasy . . . A gorgeously made edition." —Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

"Raecke impressively adapts Hoffmann's original story of the Nutcracker, using evocative yet accessible language to bring the story to a picture book audience . . . . full of intriguing images that readers will want to study closely. Raecke leaves readers with Marie's realization that 'the most truly marvelous things may be seen—if only people choose to look,' a message worth remembering throughout the year." —Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. Renate Raecke has been adapting and translating children's books for more than 25 years. Yana Sedova was born in Moscow. The Snow Queen, her first book in English, is published by minedition Anthea Bell is the recipient of the Schlegel Tieck Prize for translation from German, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize in 2002 for the translation of W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz, and the 2003 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation.