Last year, I reviewed The Nutcracker, the first book in this outstanding series, so I was thrilled to receive this, which is just as good as its predecessor. The story of the Sleeping Beauty is lyrically and succinctly retold, to give young readers a flavour of the story. Accompanying the text are double page illustrations, packed with detail, which really bring the story alive – and capture the darkness as the evil fairy Carabosse appears with her curse.
On each page, there’s a button to press, which plays a good length extract clearly. Following the story, the book concludes with information pages which feature further information about each extract, helping children to interpret the music. An outstanding combination of visuals and audio which will enthuse children for this beautiful ballet.