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The Nutcracker Musical Storybook

By Mouse King Media

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Join Clara and The Nutcracker Prince in a fully animated, Cinematic Storybook Adventure of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker Ballet, combining original artwork by Yoko Tanaka with full symphonic orchestral excerpts of Tchaikovsky's timeless score.


Named one of the "Top Apps of the Year"

The London Times

"The app's most breathtaking component is the lavish artwork hand-painted by Tanaka. Her exquisite use of color and light coupled with her distinctive interpretations of the characters provides a luxuriant feast for the eyes."

Kirkus Reviews, World's Toughest Book Critics

"Visually stunning and the glorious music is seamlessly integrated with the images. This app is a wonderful introduction to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker for any age."

Charles Barker, Principal Conductor, American Ballet Theatre

"Check out the amazing illustrations (really, they will blow your mind)…"

"5/5 Apples. It's an utterly enchanting introduction to a core ballet for music appreciation. Whether you use this app to form a peg that you can later build on with a viewing of the full ballet, or you use it alone, it is really a magical experience that your children will ask to enjoy with you time after time."

"It's a stunning introduction to the story and music of The Nutcracker that can be enjoyed by people of all ages."

"… a gorgeous presentation of the Nutcracker story with lots of animated elements and some light interactivity."

"A spectacular eye candy and a good introduction for children to the story and music of the Nutcracker Ballet."

"I've got to tell listeners about this. It is a terrific app. It's just really beautiful. It's like watching the ballet on your own schedule."

Rich Capparela, Senior Producer & Program Host, KUSC Classical 91.5 FM, Los Angeles

"The developers at Mouse King Media produced a beautiful solution with the Nutcracker Musical Storybook. The story is elegantly illustrated by Yoko Tanaka to enhance Tchaikovsky's symphony orchestral pieces. There are also hidden sounds for young fingers to find on screen. The first time Reina and I read the story, she kept saying, "Wow!" and "Cool!" and, "Baba, Clara must be dreaming." We were particularly enchanted by Tanaka's illustrations for the Waltz of the Flowers."

Christopher Lay, Beijing Kids Online


This app is a fun and educational way to introduce children and adults to the story and music of The Nutcracker Ballet.

Everyone's favorite holiday Nutcracker melodies are included: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Waltz of the Flowers, The Nutcracker March, Russian Trepak, and many many others!

External speakers or headset recommended.

AirPlay compatible.

Universal play for all your Apple devices.



25 'Chapters' for the user to experience the story at her or his own pace.


Sit back and let the app run from beginning to end without interruption. Stream in Movie Mode via AirPlay to your HDTV and sound system for a virtual concert hall experience.


Universal app so you can download to all of your devices.


Touch right or left top corners to go forward or backwards. Pause and reload chapter on the bottom right and left.


Touch various objects on the screen to hear special sounds within each Chapter.

What's New in Version 1.1

Significantly reduced download size, "Gifting" option within app, stability improvements


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Customer Reviews


The Nutcracker Musical Storybook retells the classic ballet in a stunningly beautifully illustrated storybook. There are two modes of play, movie mode or story mode. Movie mode is an autoplay feature, while the story book can be read page by page or by selecting parts in sequence from numbered ornaments on the Christmas tree on the book’s main page. Words are printed, but not spoken. Instead you receive one of the best sounds of Christmastime, highlights from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite." There are interactive parts throughout both the autoplay and book portions, which at times may interfere with actually listening to the music or story, (but are fun for independent play). Acting out the Nutcracker brings back cherished memories and is one way to extend play. There is a unsecured button to gift this app on the books main page, but otherwise no ads or IAPs. I would highly recommend this app.

Dream of an App

Young or old, you can sit back and let this magical storybook carry you away with its glorious original artwork, playful animations and carefully chosen selections from Tchaikovsky's classical masterpiece. We had the pleasure of watching it with others from kids to grandparents and in between: all enthralled by the clever combination of today's technology with this timeless tale of dreams gone by.

The fireworks bursting over the castle and Cossack dancers are terrific, as are so many other scenes, each set to a perfect piece of the original score. Treat yourself, family and friends to the heart-warming, dreamy delight of this sweet app this holiday season, it's a very welcome, wholesome escape from the world of the first-person shooter! Thanks to the talented artists who put it all together.

Amazing storytelling by the stunning artwork and music!

The original artwork combined with the music creates such a unique experience. Never seen anything like this in a 'kid's' app. I agree with New Yorkbeat - there's nothing even remotely present in the app that would bother a young child. It's completely FAMILY-FRIENDLY. Very sweet and charming. My little girls loved it!

I 'mirrored' the iPad to my Apple TV and used their 'Movie Mode' to let the story run from start to finish on my HD set and sound system. Looked and sounded incredible. So many memorable Christmas tunes from the ballet. Please release the music tracks separately so I can load them on my iPhone!

If you are taking your kids to the Nutcracker or going yourself, get this app. You won't regret it.

The Nutcracker Musical Storybook
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: Nov 21, 2011
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 93.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Andy Zibits
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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