Who hasn’t heard of the Nutcracker, and in this festive season, it’s even harder to miss. I discovered the book on my shelf last year, and decided I’d give it a try. I knew a bit of the story, like how a little girl called Marie Stahlbaum gets a nutcracker for Christmas, but that is only a fragment of the tale. In reality, the book is much more. True, Marie does receive a nutcracker for Christmas, but did you know that he came to life that night as she played in the glass cabinet, just in time to do battle with the evil seven-headed mouse king and his army? I didn’t think so. Gradually, the little girl is drawn into a fantastical world, filled with interesting characters like Princess Pirlipat, Madam Mouserinks, and Godfather Drosselmeir, of course. And the valiant and loyal Nutcracker is at the center of it all. I quite enjoyed this book because of the out-of-this-world plot and the pleasing characters. I strongly advise you end the holiday season in a good way, by reading this book.