The Night Before the Nutcracker (American Ballet Theatre)

by John Robert Allman (Author) Julianna Swaney (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Get a front-row seat and experience the excitement of opening night as young dancers prepare for a performance of The Nutcracker. This festive holiday picture book, created in partnership with American Ballet Theatre, is a perfect gift for young readers and dance fans.

'Twas the night before The Nutcracker and, sleepless in their beds,

these budding ballet dancers are rehearsing in their heads.

Children who dream of dancing in The Nutcracker will love this magical illustrated holiday story, told in the tradition of The Night Before Christmas. Four young girls and boys experience the thrills of auditions, rehearsals, costume fittings, and finally the big event: opening night! It's a behind-the-scenes peek that will delight young dancers.

An afterword with original costume illustrations by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson makes this keepsake picture book both aspirational and informative.

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$18.99

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Kirkus Reviews

Young balletomanes will clamor to attend a live performance or perhaps aspire to dance themselves.

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John Robert Allman
JOHN ROBERT ALLMAN is the author of A Is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z and B Is for Broadway: Onstage and Backstage from A to Z, plus three picture books with the American Ballet Theatre: Boys Dance!, B Is for Ballet: A Dance Alphabet, and The Night Before the Nutcracker. He lives in New York City, where is works in marketing for television and theater. John is a graduate of Northwestern University, New York University's Stern School of Business, and BMI's Musical Theatre Workshop. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @Johnny_Allman.

PETER EMMERICH is the illustrator of A Is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z and B Is for Broadway: Onstage and Backstage from A to Z. He has worked with DreamWorks and the Walt Disney Company, for which he illustrated the U.S. Postal Service's "Art of Disney" stamp series. Peter is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Follow him on Instagram at @peteremmerich.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780593180914
Lexile Measure
-
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
N/A
Publication date
September 06, 2022
Series
American Ballet Theatre
BISAC categories
JUV031020 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Dance
JUV017010 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Ballet

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