Books by E.T.A. Hoffman

THE NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffman
by E.T.A. Hoffman, adapted by John Cech, illustrated by Eric Puybaret
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Shorter and more cheerful versions of the story are more appropriate for the season and for today's young readers. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Cech's adaptation of the holiday classic is based on Hoffman's original rather than on the later ballet. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A sweet if ephemeral treat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two favorite Christmas stories are joined together in an unusually thick volume with sturdy, coated paper and a reinforced binding. Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING by E.T.A. Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though the pictures are lovely to look at, this version is really too long for most children and thus will be appropriate only for large collections needing an illustrated edition of the original story. (foreword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Hoffman's original 1816 story serves as the text for this version, and readers familiar with the tale through the ballet will find some aspects of the plot are different. Read full book review >
MY FIRST NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2007

"The spreads illustrating the Land of Sweets shift into brighter shades, with swirling accents that effectively indicate the dancers in motion. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In an introductory note to adult readers, Peters describes the evolution of the story and later ballet that have developed into an annual holiday tradition for most American ballet companies. Read full book review >

Several other editions of the story are in print, but this lively, attractive introduction—with a brief, straightforward text and illustrations by a stage designer—is worth a look. Read full book review >