The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre is a charming miniature theatre which pops up as they used to in Victorian times. It is an ingenious way of inviting children to create their own Nutcracker ballet - with the help of toy dancers who twirl, backdrops which change, a CD of musical selections, and a guide to staging scenes.

Ann Seddon has sewn, painted and dressed all the ballet performers. She has spent a lifetime making dolls which have true characters - in the book we have the leading lady Clara who resembles her first childhood doll, and the Nutcracker her husband! She is a true miniaturist; the details of her figures are superb.

This new book will help introduce a new generation to the Nutcracker and indeed to the ballet, this most wonderful of art forms.

Available in bookshops now.