Nut Cracker by Jan Pienkowski

Nut Cracker

Written by Jan Pienkowski

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

The enchantment of the Nutcracker story is beautifully captured in Jan Pienkowski’s glorious silhouettes. His white characters act out the story against beautifully coloured multi-layer backgrounds which are edged with silver trellis work that adds a touch of magic. Handsomely produced as a ‘gift box’, this is a wonderful introduction to a magical night time adventure.

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This is a sumptuous, sparkling novelty gift edition of the classic Christmas ballet story from the world-renowned master of dramatic silhouettes, Jan Pieñkowski. It culminates in a stunning finale – a multi-layered tableau of intricate laser-cut silhouettes, created in the style of traditional German papercraft – to surpass all others.


Nut Cracker by Jan Pienkowski

It's Christmas Eve and the party is over. All are sleeping except Clara, who creeps downstairs to find that her wooden nutcracker doll, a gift from her mysterious godfather, has come to life. From this point, she is caught up in a thrilling battle in which she and Nutcracker – in reality a prince transformed by an evil spell – overcome the Mouse King and his army.


'The master of dramatic silhouettes' – The Times on Jan Pieñkowski

About the Author

Jan Pienkowski

Jan Pienkowski is a celebrated illustrator of children's books and an internationally renowned master of silhouettes. He has won the Greenaway Medal twice for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea and for the pioneering pop-up book Haunted House. He was born in Warsaw in 1936. His family were architects and artists. He made his first book when he was 8, as a present for his father. It was all about road rage - but featuring a horse and cart. The war made his childhood an adventure, if not a very comfortable one at times, taking him from Poland to Austria, Germany, Italy and finally bringing him in 1946 to England. With his parents, he came to Herefordshire, where he had two new experiences - going to school for the first time and learning English. Later, he went to The Cardinal Vaughan School in London and then to King's College, Cambridge, where he read Classics and English - and managed to find time for a lot of posters and stage design. Jan pioneered the modern Pop-up book with Haunted House (subsequently on CD-Rom), Robot, Dinner Time, Good Night and 17 others. Christmas Kingdom, Phone Book and Door Bell added sound effects while Botticelli's Bed and Breakfast capers irreverently through the history of western art.

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26 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd October 2008




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