Hi guys! So, I got some cute tiny reads, and I thought it would be better to do mini reviews of them and pack them together in one post rather than separate them. They all have the same theme – Christmas – and they are all short reads.
These are the books I will be reviewing today:
The Nutcracker by Alexandre Dumas
Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Nutcracker by Alexandre Dumas
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
First published 1844
Genres: Classics, Christmas
Format: Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Pocket Editions
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon
The nutcracker doll that mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer gives to little Marie for Christmas is no ordinary toy. On Christmas Eve, at the clocks strike midnight, Marie watches as the Nutcracker and her entire cabinet of playthings come to life and boldly do battle against the malevolent Mouse King and his armies. But this is only the start: read on for a tale of enchantment and transformation, enter a world by turns fantastical and sinister, a kindom of dolls and spun-sugar palaces, and learn the true history of the brave little Nutcracker. Adapted from a dark fairy-tale by ETA Hoffmann, Alexandre Dumas’ romance of childhood imagination inspired Tchaikovsky’s world-famous ballet. Brilliantly adapted by translator Sarah Ardrizzone and illuminated by Kitty Arden, this is the perfect Christmas gift for readers of all ages.
This is supposedly a retelling of the original book by E.T.A Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. I haven’t fully read the original so I can’t really say much, but for what I read, the story told in this one is, well… The same. In this book the story is being told to children, while in the original it’s just the story itself, but other than that not that much seems to change – but as I said, I might be wrong and I do intend on reading the original in the future.
What made me buy this was the fact that it’s Christmas time and well, it’s written by Alexandre Dumas, so right away, I was expecting to like it. And I definitely did. It’s a really sweet and well-known story of a brave little Nutcracker and a Mouse (well, many of them and their king with freaking 7 heads).
I’m sure I would have loved it even more if not for my dislike for nutcrackers… I just find them creepy, am I the only one?! But against a mouse with 7 heads I guess I choose the Nutcracker… He was for sure an interesting, loyal and sweet little thing and I really liked following him through his world. It was beautiful, creative and I wish I could be there. I love the idea of toys having life and this was beautiful. It’s written in a very gripping and fantastical way and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. For sure a really beautiful Christmas story!
Every December J.R.R. Tolkien’s children would receive letters from Father Christmas. From the first note to his eldest son in 1920 to the final poignant correspondence to his daughter in 1943, this book collects all the remarkable letters and pictures in one enchanting edition.
This revised edition of Tolkien’s famous illustrated letters from Father Christmas to his children includes a number of pictures and letters that have not been seen in print before.
Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful colour drawing. They were from Father Christmas, telling wonderful tales if life at the North Pole:
● How all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place;
● How the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining room;
● How he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden;
● How there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath his house!
Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humour to the stories.
This was so incredibly special! It’s such a beautiful and creative idea to make all the Christmas’s magic real for the kids! Tolkien put so much effort into it and it’s incredible to be able to see it all in a book.
This book is pure love. To see a father put so much into making their children happy is just beautiful. I can totally see how happy his children must have been recieving this every time and seeing all the adventures that happened to Santa. It must have been such happy moments! I love Christmas and I love the magic of it, and I still remember when I believed in Santa and elves and it makes me so happy to have been able to have that… So this book keeping that magic alive, makes me incredibly emotional!
You can see the children growing up, following the content and tone of the letters. Each letter is different but there’s a certain continuation to them that is actually really fun even for a grown-up. I loved meeting PB the most. He is such a great character! So sweet, kind and funny! I love him!
From the stories’ creativity, to the amazing drawings and calligraphy, this book is beautiful. I mean… look at this: *all the next photos were found in the internet*
It’s just so heart-warming and you can see all the dedication Tolkien had doing this! It’s a beautiful book that really manages to make you smile. I love that the idea of this was not to do a book, but to make his children happy. It just makes it that more special…
Have you read these yet? What’s your favorite Christmas book or movie? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!