The Nutcracker by Jane Ray
  

The Nutcracker

Written by Jane Ray
Illustrated by

Synopsis

The Nutcracker by Jane Ray

The ultimate children's gift edition of the beloved classic ballet story, The Nutcracker. Christmas Eve is the most magical night of the year, when the house is scented with wood smoke and spices, and there are secrets under every bed . . . When the clock strikes midnight, Clara's new nutcracker doll comes to life and leads her on a thrilling adventure, battling with the wicked Mouse King and his troops, then journeying to the Kingdom of Sweets. Retold simply and lyrically, with enchanting illustrations that capture all the joy and excitement of Christmas, this beautiful book from award-winning book-maker Jane Ray, this is the ultimate contemporary edition of everyone's favourite Christmas ballet story!

Reviews

Jane Ray's vibrant illustrations reinvigorate another seasonal classic * Cork Evening Echo * A beautiful gift edition of this popular Christmas ballet story from the uniquely talented contemporary artist, Jane Ray. Delight in jewel-bright pictures and the stylish, timeless setting, as the story is retold with simple charm, perfect to engage and enchant a new audience * Surrey Advertiser * Exquisitely drawn retelling of this mouth-watering Christmas story, perfectly balanced between contemporary and classic * Metro *

About the Author

Jane Ray

As a child

Jane Ray grew up in Muswell Hill, London, in a house full of books and music (her father is a pianist). She always loved to paint and draw and first started making books at the age of five. She never much enjoyed going to school as it was an interruption to what she really wanted to do and she still can’t believe that she is actually able to earn a living, staying at home and painting and drawing.

As an adult

Jane trained at art school in 3-dimensional design (ceramics, glass-blowing, furniture and jewellery design) but came back to illustration which is what she always wanted to do when she graduated. She has worked, among other things, as a life model, a special needs teacher, a telephone cleaner and a mural artist. She has three children and works from a very nice shed at the bottom of the garden.

As an artist

Jane started out, after leaving art school, by designing greetings cards, wrapping paper, book jackets and posters, and selling her paintings. However, the making of picture books has become the most important aspect of her work and she has recently begun to write as well as illustrate. She finds the picture book to be the most satisfying of art forms. She often goes into schools to talk about her books and to work with children and finds this a stimulating alternative to the blank sheet of paper.

Things you didn't know about Jane Ray:

1. Favourite food – Sunday roast with all the trimmings and all the family.
2. She has two cats.
3. She used to play the cello.
4. She doesn’t like grapefruit.
5. She wishes she could play the piano.
6. She likes to sing in the bath.
7. She doesn’t drink tea.
8. She’d be a teacher if she wasn’t an illustrator, or she’d have a flower stall.
9. She likes English weather!
10. She loves her garden studio and works there every day, after a two-mile walk each morning.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages

Author

Jane Ray
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Author's Website

www.janeray.com/

Publisher

Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

6th October 2016

ISBN

9781408336441


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