Jan Brett's The Nutcracker ~ A Very Special Preorder Offer!

A Very Special Preorder Offer from Jan Brett! Preorder a PERSONALIZED Hardcover of The Nutcracker while supplies last.  Inscription will be Name Only, Thank You.  Orders must be received by Sunday, October 31, 2021!  Inscribed Books will arrive at our Bookstore the week of November 29, 2021, (or sooner) and will be ready for Pick-Up or Shipped at that time.  All Shipped Orders by USPS Priority Mail.

Jan Brett, the acclaimed, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author & Illustrator, beloved for her folk-tale retellings such as The Mitten and The Three Snow Bears, returns this fall with a reimagining of a Christmas classic in Jan Brett's The Nutcracker (Putnam Books for Young Readers; For Sale Tuesday, November 02, 2021).  With over 42 Million Pooks in print, Jan Brett is renowned for her exquisite art which is universally recognized as being among the finest in children’s books today. In Jan Brett's The Nutcracker, she makes this familiar story her own, by setting it in snowy Russia and adding whimsical touches to favorite elements of the traditional ballet.

When Marie and her brother Fritz receive a special Christmas nutcracker from their uncle, Marie immediately feels something magical. This feeling is only the beginning of the epic adventure she goes on with the Nutcracker—into the cabinet, through the battle with the mice, and finally to the magical land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

“Of the many hours I have spent listening to music in Symphony Hall in Boston, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker brings the most vivid imaginings,” says Jan Brett. “With E. T. A. Hoffmann’s 1816 story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and happy memories of the Nutcracker ballet as my guide, this book is my visualization of Tchaikovsky’s enchanted music...The music also reminds me of trips to Saint Petersburg, so a Russian setting seemed perfect...I hope this book transports readers through magical sights and sounds as the music of The Nutcracker Suite does for me.”


Jan Brett Author Photo 2021 Jan Brett is the New York Times #1 Bestselling Artist & Author of over 35 Picture Books which have sold over 42 Million Books combined. Her Books have been chosen as “Best Children’s Books of the Year” by The New Yorker, Parents, Redbook, and others.  Brett lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.



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Friday, December 10, 2021, is the last day for us to special order a book with an expectation that it will arrive in time for Christmas.

Monday, December 13, 2021, is the last day that we will be able to ship a USPS Priority Mail package more than 250 miles from Kansas City with an expectation that it will arrive in time for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, is the last day we will be able to ship a USPS Priority Mail package locally with an expectation that it will arrive in time for Christmas. This is also the last day that we will ship any packages out from our bookstore until Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

Between Thursday, December 16, 2021, and Christmas weekend, we will hold orders to ship after the holiday.

The likelihood of damaged, misrouted, delayed, and lost shipments will increase dramatically during the last week before Christmas.

We are sharing this information to help you enjoy shopping with Rainy Day Books!

We appreciate your business, and look forward to seeing you in our bookstore to celebrate the holidays.

All Special Orders, Author Events Admission Packages and Author Autographed Book Sales are final and nonrefundable at time of purchase, all other Sales are exchangeable/refundable within 30 Days with Receipt.