The Nutcracker (Penguin Bedtime Classics) (Board book)

Staff Pick Badge
The Nutcracker (Penguin Bedtime Classics) Cover Image
By E. T. A. Hoffmann, Carly Gledhill (Illustrator)
Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days

Staff Reviews

It's not an easy task to boil down a classic work of literature into a few sentences in an eight-page board book, and even harder to do it well. Yet Penguin's new Bedtime Classics series does just that, combining simple retellings of beloved stories with beautiful, energetic illustrations by Carly Gledhill. Gledhill uses her limited space masterfully; each page is full of visual detail which helps to flesh out the simple sentences used to tell the story. These books are perfect for families who would like to introduce very young readers to stories they cherish, or to introduce while reading the full versions of these tales with older siblings. 

— From Jen's Picks


Bedtime Classics: charmingly illustrated board book editions of perennial favorites, simplified for the youngest readers!

Bedtime Classics introduce classic works of fiction to little literary scholars through character-driven narratives and colorful illustration. Designed to be the perfect one minute bedtime story (or five minutes--if you're begged to read it over and over) parents can feel good about exposing their children to some of the most iconic pieces of literature, while building their child's bookshelf with these trendy editions!

On Christmas Eve, Clara is given a special gift from her Godfather--a beautiful nutcracker doll. But when Clara awakes in the middle of the night, she finds her beloved nutcracker has transformed into a handsome prince, and together, they set off for the Land of Sweets.

About the Author

Carly Gledhill is a children's book illustrator and author living and working in Stockport, U.K. She has worked as a print designer for studios and retailers and completed an MA in children's book illustration. She got her first book deal with Orchard Books, writing and illustrating Monty and Sylvester, A Tale of Everyday Super Heroes (2018). Since then she has worked on her second title for Orchard and illustrated for publishers and clients including Little Tiger Press, Quarto, and Redbird Publishing.

Clients: Orchard Books / Little Tiger Press / Quarto / Mamas & Papas / Hallmark Cards / Paperchase /Usbourne Books / Penguin Random House / Elephant and Bird books / H&M / Paper and Cloth Design Studio
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593113240
ISBN-10: 0593113241
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 15th, 2019
Pages: 18
Series: Penguin Bedtime Classics