The Nutcracker (HB)
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! Snow whispers down like feathers and every child waits, breathless, for the curtain to rise on Christmas day. And, for one little girl, this Christmas eve is more magical than any before. When the clock strikes midnight, her new nutcracker dolls comes to life and leads her through battle with the wicked Mouse King and his troops, and all the way to the Kingdom of Sweets, where a magical adventure awaits.
Jane Ray's truly exquisite artwork has gained acclaim both in the UK and internationally. She is one of the most talented and distinctive illustrators in the children's book world and regularly exhibits her work at various galleries. Jane won the Smarties Prize with The Story of Creation; The Story of Christmas was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award; and A Balloon for Grandad was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award. Jane's recent books for Orchard include the delightful and original fairy tale The Apple-Pip Princess, the heartwarming The Dolls' House Fairy and the fabulously festive Twelve Days of Christmas. Jane lives in London.