Lord of the Nutcracker Men

Lord of the Nutcracker Men

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Ten-year-old Johnny eagerly plays at war with the army of nutcracker soldiers his toymaker father whittles for him. He demolishes imaginary foes. But in 1914 Germany looms as the real enemy of Europe, and all too soon Johnny’s father is swept up in the war to end all wars. He proudly enlists with his British countrymen to fight at the front in France. The war, though, is nothing like what any soldier or person at home expected. The letters that arrive from Johnny’s dad reveal the ugly realities of combat — and the soldiers he carves and encloses begin to bear its scars. Still, Johnny adds these soldiers to his armies of Huns, Tommies, and Frenchmen, engaging them in furious fights. But when these games seem to foretell his dad’s real battles, Johnny thinks he possesses godlike powers over his wooden men. He fears he controls his father’s fate, the lives of all the soldiers in no-man’s land, and the outcome of the war itself. From the Hardcover edition.
Ten-year-old Johnny eagerly plays at war with the army of nutcracker soldiers his toymaker father whittles for him. He demolishes imaginary foes. But in 1914 Germany looms as the real enemy of Europe, and all too soon Johnny’s father is swept up in the war to end all wars. He proudly enlists with his British countrymen to fight at the front in France. The war, though, is nothing like what any soldier or person at home expected.

The letters that arrive from Johnny’s dad reveal the ugly realities of combat — and the soldiers he carves and encloses begin to bear its scars. Still, Johnny adds these soldiers to his armies of Huns, Tommies, and Frenchmen, engaging them in furious fights. But when these games seem to foretell his dad’s real battles, Johnny thinks he possesses godlike powers over his wooden men. He fears he controls his father’s fate, the lives of all the soldiers in no-man’s land, and the outcome of the war itself.


From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
An English boy during World War I comes to believe that the battles he enacts with his toy soldiers control the war his father is fighting on the front.

Baker
& Taylor

Playing with wooden soldiers, ten-year-old Johnny finds his games to have more meaning then ever after his father leaves England to fight in combat at the front in France against the Germans in World War I. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Dell Laurel-Leaf, c2001
ISBN: 9780440418122
0440418127
Branch Call Number: YA Lawre
Characteristics: 212, 16 p

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elloyd74
Jul 12, 2007

Part of me wants to call this a "good, old-fashioned boys' novel"--but I'm neither a boy, nor particularly old-fashioned, and I loved it. Story of a boy who's shipped from London to live in the country while his father, a toymaker, fights in WWI...this father carves the boy soldiers & sends them to him from the trenches--and slowly the soldiers get more and more realistic (one's face is contorted in a scream of pain, for ex.), and less fun to play with.

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