"A wordless picture book about seeing 'The Nutcracker' is an inspired idea, and with utterly enchanting diorama art, McKay makes it feel like an event. (You might want to put on fancy holiday clothes just to read it.)"—-The New York Times
"[A] fresh and wonderful addition to the crowded Nutcracker shelves. In MacKay's trademark cut-paper dioramas children can imagine themselves seated in the theater and dancing on the stage."—-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Theatrical, magical, and very much of the season as seeing The Nutcracker itself."—-School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"This would be an excellent picture book to share with students during the holidays."—-School Library Connection
"Dancers-to-be will ask for encores of this enchanting book."