Nutcracker Night


Product Details

$19.95  $18.35
Pajama Press
Publish Date
10.1 X 11.6 X 1.3 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Mireille Messier hails from Ottawa but calls Toronto home. Her picture book The Branch was shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association's Blue Spruce Award in 2018. In addition to her career in books, Mireille has also worked as a voiceover artist and as a screenwriter for children's television. She enjoys flexing her creative muscles in both English and French.

Gabrielle Grimard transformed her love of design into a career in illustration over the course of her studies at Concordia University and the University of Quebec. In 2018, Gabrielle's picture book Stolen Words won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award and was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Book Award. Not My Girl was a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her creativity has been applied to children's publishing, advertising, and educational contexts.


Praise for Nutcracker Night

2019 Northern Lights Book Award: The Arts Winner

"A sprightly introduction to the classic Christmas ballet....The spare text...[delivers] the story through a series of combinations of expertly chosen onomatopoeia and dialogue guiding readers from the anticipation of the ballet through its first act, intermission, the second act, the curtain call, and the child narrator's closing, appreciative 'Smooch!' of thanks to her dad. Sure to elicit the storytime equivalent of 'encore' at Christmastime and beyond."--Kirkus Reviews

"This vibrant tribute to a holiday tradition follows a sensory-filled adventure to a Nutcracker performance....A charming entrΓ©e for ballet-bound children."--Publishers Weekly

"A good primer to complement a child's first time seeing The Nutcracker and, for those familiar with it, a fresh take on a classic."--The Horn Book Magazine

"Experience Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker through the eyes of a young girl attending the ballet in this fresh rendition of the beloved classic...The sights and sounds of the theater are center stage; musicians, dancers, and a lively audience interact through the onomatopoetic text."--Foreword Reviews

"Rating: E...This is a beautiful Christmas story, with a sparkly cover (the snowflakes are glossy) but it can be read at any time of the year to introduce children to ballet, theatre, or words that are associated with fun to say sounds."--Resource Links

"[Messier] focuses...on the child's outing with an onomatopoeic series of words that capture the sensations surrounding the event."--The Sudbury Star

"An unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections."--Midwest Book Review

"Nutcracker Night captures the magic of a young school-aged child's visit to the ballet with her father. The Nutcracker, a classic ballet, comes to life as a true auditory experience....The pen and ink with watercolour illustrations are both detailed and energetic....Highly Recommended."--CM Magazine

"The onomatopoeic sounds bring the excitement of the night to life along with the beautiful illustrations rendered in watercolor, gouache, oil, colored pencil and digital media....This is a wonderful introduction to the ballet for young readers and will be enjoyed by fans of the holiday classic."--Youth Services Book Review

"Head to the ballet with Mireille Messier and Gabrielle Grimard's Nutcracker Night for a different kind of audiovisual experience and one that is perfect for the holidays. Like the nutcracker itself, Nutcracker Night opens up a tale for the season."--CanLit for LittleCanadians

"Nutcracker Night is a cozy, lively read that tells the much-loved and much-recited story with a sweet and fresh perspective....A great pick for the coming winter and Christmas season, Nutcracker Night's noise-and-sound-based text in tandem with lush, cozy art makes for a joyful, perfect-for-reading-aloud experience."--Fab Book Reviews

"[A] feast for the senses...What a delightful way to introduce young readers to the entirety of the experience."--Sal's Fiction Addiction

"This delightful picture book would make a lovely December gift for a young child....The pictures here are charming, bringing the characters, audience members, musicians, and dancers to life. We see the rosy cheeks, the children awed by the night and the ones eager for more. There are many children, as would be expected for this ballet, and lots of ages of adults. Fathers and mothers, diversity of people, and a range of festive attire....Beautifully done."--Canadian Bookworm

"[T]his beautifully illustrated book...are all the sounds a little girl hears as she attends the ballet with her dad....I haven't had the privilege to attend a performance of the Nutcracker, but based on this book, I can imagine how beautiful it is."--Booktime