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The Muttcracker

from the creators of Dogs Don't Do Ballet

Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

About The Book

Festive fun from the team that brought you beloved bestseller Dogs Don't Do Ballet!

My dog is not like other dogs.
My dog is a ballerina who dreams of being the Sugar Plum Fairy.

So when Miss Polly announces the parts in our Christmas show, The Nutcracker, will my dog’s dream come true? Or will we both just be… bonbons?

An irresistible story about friendship, positivity and the joy of being the very best bonbon in the box!
  • Perfect for learning about how to be positive in the face of disappointment
  • Warm and funny festive feel-good story based around putting on the popular ballet The Nutcracker
  • Features the stars of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-shortlisted Dogs Don’t Do Ballet
  • From the illustrator of The Detective Dog
Other books by Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie:

Dogs Don't Do Ballet
Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes
The Worst Princess
Sir Lilypad
Dave the Lonely Monster

About The Author

Photo courtesy of the author

Anna Kemp writes both picture books and middle grade fiction. Her books have been nominated for the Booktrust Early Years Award, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Oscar’s Book Prize, and the Dundee Picture Book Award. Her work has also been adapted for television, puppetry, dance, orchestra, and theatre. Anna loves to visit schools and libraries and attend festivals. Visit her online at

About The Illustrator

Sara Ogilvie is an illustrator and printmaker and was the 2011 BookTrust Best New Illustrators Award winner. Dogs Don't Do Ballet, which she illustrated, was shortlisted for the 2010 Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the 2010 BookTrust Early Years Award. Sara lives in lives in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north of England.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (November 7, 2024)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398530263
  • Ages: 3 - 99

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