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The Nutcracker

A Papercut Pop-Up Book

Shobhna Patel


An exquisite retelling of Tchaikovsky's ballet using an entirely new pop-up technique featuring intricate laser-cut illustrations. For ages 6+

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When the clock strikes midnight, Clara's nutcracker toy takes her on a magical journey. Mice become soldiers, candy canes transform into dancers and an enchanted castle emerges out of the mist.

In this exquisitely crafted book inspired by Tchaikovsky's ballet, familiar scenes are brought to life by Shobhna Patel's intricate lasercut pop-up illustrations.

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'Beautiful … unique … Tchaikovsky’s ballet dances through the pages as the magnificent art arises from within … a magical reading experience'
Absolutely Mama

'The papercut pop-ups are a true piece of art'
Magpie That

'Breathtaking … enchanting … simply stunning'
Junior magazine

'Ornate landscapes are brought to life in exquisite paper-cut pages'
Little London magazine

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Further Details


Format: PLC (no jacket)

Edition Type: First edition

Size: 16.5 x 29.7 cm

Extent: 32 pp

Publication date: 19 October 2017

ISBN: 9780500651247

About the Author

Shobhna Patel is a papercut artist, paper engineer and illustrator. She graduated from De Montfort University in 2012 and has designed book covers and created papercut work for a variety of clients including Egmont, Walker Books and Bonnier.

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