Just in time for the holidays, Natalie Andrewson brings the tale that inspired the Nutcracker ballet to life with a spellbinding adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman's original story. Of all the gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve, only one captures Marie Stahlbaums heart: a humble nutcracker. Hes a curious little man with kind eyes, sweet red cheeks, and a friendly appearance. And as midnight nears, he comes to life, revealing a fairy-tale world of magic and wonder, wicked princesses and fierce battles . . . and an ancient curse that can only be broken with the help of a true friend. With the evil Mouse King looming and her dream world threatened, Marie will have to find the strength to stand up for her nutcrackerno matter what it takes. Natalie Andrewson brings E.T.A. Hoffmanns surreal and fantastical story to life like never before in this vibrant graphic novel adaptation of a beloved Christmas classic.