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  1. 5 out of 5

    Gavin Hetherington

    A stunning retelling of the original Nutcracker story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, this time Alexandre Dumas takes to telling the tale. This is literally just the original story but embellished by Dumas. He doesn't really take anything away from the original, but more so embellishes it and makes it longer, expanding quite a few things. The story begins with a man telling a group of kids the story of the Nutcracker by Hoffmann, so it's not like Dumas is trying to claim the story as his own. The narrator t A stunning retelling of the original Nutcracker story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, this time Alexandre Dumas takes to telling the tale. This is literally just the original story but embellished by Dumas. He doesn't really take anything away from the original, but more so embellishes it and makes it longer, expanding quite a few things. The story begins with a man telling a group of kids the story of the Nutcracker by Hoffmann, so it's not like Dumas is trying to claim the story as his own. The narrator then goes into just telling the original Nutcracker story, but adds a whole lot of detail to it. While this is arguably better than the original because of the embellished writing and expansion of story and world, I have to admit, I kind of preferred the shorter original. I found at times, during this one, that a rehashing of the plot got a little bit tedious. Perhaps I shouldn't have read it right after the original, but there were moments, like the story of the Crackatook Nut and Princess Pirlipata, where I was getting rather bored by the time that story within the story ended. The positive aspect is that I got to visualise the imagination of the author a little better with this one, and I loved the story still. There were some scarier elements to it, such as the mouse king with seven heads, and the sinister story behind that too, so there are parts of this one that I actually preferred over the original. This is still a great story and Dumas really did the original proud as he kept very true to Hoffmann's vision.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Lovely read, while I have already read "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens, which is included in this edition and the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas", I hadn't read the others. I quite enjoyed them, especially the Nutcracker by Dumas as I enjoyed his other works. Definitely a good read, though some are exceptionally sad. Lovely read, while I have already read "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens, which is included in this edition and the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas", I hadn't read the others. I quite enjoyed them, especially the Nutcracker by Dumas as I enjoyed his other works. Definitely a good read, though some are exceptionally sad.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I started reading this book just after Christmas, but maybe that's when I ought to have finished it... My favourite poem in the whole wide world is "A Visit from St. Nicholas", and so, of course, I've already read this poem before - but it was my first time reading the other poems. As for the stories, of course I knew the plot of "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol" (oh, poor Tiny Tim!), but I don't think I've ever read them before. But now I have, and I'm glad that I bought the book! Every sto I started reading this book just after Christmas, but maybe that's when I ought to have finished it... My favourite poem in the whole wide world is "A Visit from St. Nicholas", and so, of course, I've already read this poem before - but it was my first time reading the other poems. As for the stories, of course I knew the plot of "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol" (oh, poor Tiny Tim!), but I don't think I've ever read them before. But now I have, and I'm glad that I bought the book! Every story or poem is illustrated with beautiful pictures, and it's a joy just looking at them without reading the stories (although that does add a bit to it). I'd definitely recommend this book - despite some of the pages being a bit boring... :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie ReadingtoKnow

    I've never read The Nutcracker version by Dumas before this year. I've been thoroughly immersed in the ballet story over the years and while the Dumas version contains hints of that world, it is a different story with a little bit more gore and mystery involved. I liked it. It was suspenseful and mysterious in a way in which the ballet is not. I read this book aloud with my kids this past Christmas season and we were thoroughly entertained. Feeling like I've had my fill of the ballet version to I've never read The Nutcracker version by Dumas before this year. I've been thoroughly immersed in the ballet story over the years and while the Dumas version contains hints of that world, it is a different story with a little bit more gore and mystery involved. I liked it. It was suspenseful and mysterious in a way in which the ballet is not. I read this book aloud with my kids this past Christmas season and we were thoroughly entertained. Feeling like I've had my fill of the ballet version to last me for awhile, this was a nice change of pace. Highly recommended!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Del Feeny

    What did I just read at the end of The Nutcracker? She’s 7. SEVEN!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dave Mello

    Includes work from L. Frank Baum, Washington Irving, Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, Clement C. Moore, Kate Douglas Wiggin, L.M. Montgomery, Georgene Faulkner, Edith Houghton Hooker, Priscilla Underwood, Elizabeth Gaskell, James Courtney Challis, Carolyn Wells, Harriot Brewer Sterling, Arthur Upson, Mary Mapes Dodge, Hanna Dawe Lloyd, Lucy Larcom, and Charlotte Bowen.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samantha van Buuren

    This book is a glorious collection of beautiful Christmas stories perfect for inducing Christmas spirit in even the grinchiest of Scroogies. I'll begin with a little negative and the reason why I almost gave it 4 stars. There are a couple of stories that I did not enjoy. For example, A Christmas Mistake by L. M. Montgomery. This story is redundant, very little happens in the very short story and it did feel like I'd wasted the two minutes it took to read. I also didn't enjoy Christmas Storms and This book is a glorious collection of beautiful Christmas stories perfect for inducing Christmas spirit in even the grinchiest of Scroogies. I'll begin with a little negative and the reason why I almost gave it 4 stars. There are a couple of stories that I did not enjoy. For example, A Christmas Mistake by L. M. Montgomery. This story is redundant, very little happens in the very short story and it did feel like I'd wasted the two minutes it took to read. I also didn't enjoy Christmas Storms and Sunshine by Elizabeth Gaskell and a couple of the poems included, and I did notice quite a few typos throughout. However, the other stories and poems are so wonderful, and the book itself is beautiful with stunning illustrations. I couldn't give this any less than 5 stars. And now for the good stuff!!! I loved The Nutcracker!!! It was my first time reading it and I loved every moment. Its a wonderful fairy tale filled with stunning imagery, courageous characters and plenty of Christmas spirit. The other main story included in the book is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which I have read before, but loved all over again. Others I really enjoyed were How It Happened by Louisa May Alcott, A Christmas Tree for Santa by Georgene Faulkner, A Kidnapped Santa Clause by L. Frank Baum, The Birds Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin (though this one broke my heart, it is devistating), A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, A Christmas Eve Thought by Harriot Brewer Sterling, An Interrupted Auction by Carolyn Wells and The Robin's Christmas Eve by Charlotte Bowen. If you're looking for a beautiful Christmas read, this one is perfect for you. Wonderful for children and adults alike, I plan to read a couple of the stories with my son on Christmas Eve, and I'm sure the Christmas spirit it has awoken in me will last until well into the new year.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Reading the nutcracker, was very enjoyable. However, the collection of Christmas stories was somewhat lacking . I had hoped to read stories that were a little more inspirational and fun. Overall, it was interesting to read the nutcracker and a Christmas Carol. I now understand the nutcracker ballet so much better.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Queen Ophilia III

    Such a lovely edition with great christmas stories! And qll the illustrations! To not speak of the leatherbound book in itself. Such art to just look at. But its very heavy ^^ not something to carry around to read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debra Petersen (Queen of Historical Fiction)

    It was cute if not a little bit too sweetly made for my tastes especially towards the end. The idealists the Victorian's established throughout the time period and this narrative of how girls and boys should act were quite hollowed out when viewed in a modern retrospect. It was cute if not a little bit too sweetly made for my tastes especially towards the end. The idealists the Victorian's established throughout the time period and this narrative of how girls and boys should act were quite hollowed out when viewed in a modern retrospect.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Good selection of feel-good Christmas stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Moonlit reads (meg)

    I enjoyed reading this throughout the month of December! Some of the stories were VERY long and in depth, truly the original story that many know and love. The illustrations were beautiful as well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Slauter

    What a wonderful collection of Christmas tales and poems. The final poem, The Robin's Christmas Eve, is touching and sad, and maybe the best way to end the book. What a wonderful collection of Christmas tales and poems. The final poem, The Robin's Christmas Eve, is touching and sad, and maybe the best way to end the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charlee-Ann Ellis

    I've loved working my way through this collection of short stories, novellas, and poems. Not all of them have been my cup of tea, but in general it does it's job of bringing festive spirit I've loved working my way through this collection of short stories, novellas, and poems. Not all of them have been my cup of tea, but in general it does it's job of bringing festive spirit

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    This was the perfect Christmassy read to warm your heart on a cold winter's night. L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott and L. Frank Baum were my favourite of the stories. This was the perfect Christmassy read to warm your heart on a cold winter's night. L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott and L. Frank Baum were my favourite of the stories.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    Stories were okay. Poems were cute. Real selling point was how beautiful this edition was. Nice gold trimmed pages and BEAUTIFUL illustrations. Worth having for the home collection.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    So cute! It’s a bit like Alice in wonderland as the main girl, Marie, is whisked away to another land. In this case the land is made of candy. I also liked the cadence of the words. You can tell it was translated from another language. It added to the magic of the story in a strange way. It just might become my new Christmas tradition to read it every year! I’m curious to see how Dumas’ version compares with E.T.A Hoffman which I am reading next.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Inger

    Traditional Christmas stories and poems in a beautiful book. Feels like Christmas.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kandi Waters

  20. 4 out of 5

    Natacha

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma

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    Jesse

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    Claire

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    Laura Hailstone

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tori Kleinpeter

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dianna Cook

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    Madeleine Sayers

  32. 4 out of 5

    Mia Clausen

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  34. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella

  35. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  36. 4 out of 5

    Anna (thefutureempress)

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    Lara

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    Mark Miller

  39. 5 out of 5

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  40. 4 out of 5

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    TMR

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    David Murnin

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    Elizabeth Elvig

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  48. 4 out of 5

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  50. 4 out of 5

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    Carissa Counterman

  52. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Engström

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    Angelica

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    Brianna DeBerry

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    Clancey

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    Elizabeth Bennett

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