About Attitude: Nutcracker Noel

Friday, December 15, 2006.

Nutcracker NoelAuthor: Kate McMullan
Illustrator: Jim McMullan
Published: 1996 Harper Collins Canada, Limited
ISBN: 0062059106

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Snappy dialogue and hilariously realistic body language bring to life a story that clearly illustrates the magic of a carefully crafted perspective. Generously sprinkled with subtle humour (for both adult and child), this is a year round family favourite.

We’ve received a lovely, meaty note from author, Kate McMullen. Check it out here.


Comment by Kate McMullen

December 15, 2006 @ 10:25 am

wow! What a great way to start a day, listening to your podcast about Nutcracker Noel.

Jim and I loved doing that book. It’s basically a totally true story of our daughter’s experience dancing with the Joffrey Ballet Co’s Nutcracker many years ago. The prince DID split his pants, somebody threw up… I was taking notes, and the ballet teacher yelled at me once for doing it!

It was really a thrill to hear you talk about what you liked in the story, especially the ending. Our editor told us that the book went out of print because the art was not “romantic” enough for a ballet story, but we love the art for that very reason — such funny little kids with their real bodies and goofy expressions.

Anyway, thank you for putting this book on your podcast.

I just donated a dozen copies of NN to the families coming to the Sag Harbor Food Pantry, but we still have a few remaining copies — if anyone needs a replacement, let us know.

Have a wonderful holiday!

All best,

Comment by Vivian of CLIP Podcast

December 18, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

Your book sounds fabulous Kate. I’d love to purchase a copy if you have one available.

I have another cross-over type idea for this book Andrea! You and I could have a text set conversation regarding other books we could pair up with this one 🙂


Comment by Just One More Book!!

December 18, 2006 @ 7:22 pm


I’m looking forward to another cross-over show!

Thanks for listening and for taking the time to leave us your thoughts,

Comment by Chris

January 5, 2007 @ 10:19 am


Just catching up on the episodes I missed over the last couple of weeks. Somehow I hadn’t realized that there was a contest involved, but we got the book almost 2 weeks ago, and I wanted to say ‘thank you’.

Esmaya wanted to keep one of the business cards, but the other three went back to the library last week in books that you had reviewed, so maybe some other reader will take an interest and listen in.

As for this book, Kate, it sounds like a really great read, and we’ll be looking for it next time we go looking for books.

Thanks again,


Comment by Just One More Book!!

January 5, 2007 @ 10:38 am


Thanks so much for your comment and for your sneaky promotion idea!!

Our bookmarks have been printed so we’ll get one of those in the mail for Esmaya too!

I hope Esmay enjoys Little Wolf’s Book of “Peoms”. Our girls especially love the first and last poems and often laugh & recall the parents comment about using the poems to stop the draft at the den door even when the book is no where in sight. If Esmaya enjoys the poems she should definitely dig into the series starting with the first one: “Little Wolf’s Book of Badness”. Our girls just howled through these.

Thanks again for listening. We’ll give $1 to Raise-a-Reader for your comment.


Comment by Just One More Book!!

January 7, 2007 @ 9:20 pm


Thanks for including us!


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