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The Polar Expressby Chris Van Allsburg
Could a bookseller's favorite book really be a children's Christmas picture book? I am often asked to name my favorite book an impossible question to answer, really and I find myself mentioning The Polar Express time and again (not without a small amount of embarrassment aren't I supposed to come up something just a bit more erudite?). The Polar Express does exactly what every good book should do it draws you in from the very first, pulls you along, and leaves you sad to turn the final page. But it will also give you a renewed appreciation for the importance of wonder and magic in our daily world. Chris Van Allsburg's mysterious yet enchanting illustrations will captivate you with each reading I find myself poring over every page, exploring newfound details.
Synopses & Reviews
For twenty-five years, The Polar Express has been a treasured holiday classic. To commemorate this special anniversary, a lavish gift edition has been created. The set includes a CD audio recording read by Liam Neeson, a keepsake "All Aboard" ornament, and a note from author Chris Van Allsburg.
Awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1986, The Polar Express has sold more than 7 million copies, become a classic holiday movie, and been translated into stage productions that take place across the United States during the holiday season.
"[T]he pictures may be the best he's done. There is nothing cute here, rather there is something I would have to call majestic." Noel Perrin, The New York Times Book Review
"The telling is straight, thoughtfully clean-cut and all the more mysterious for its naive directness....The full-page images are theatrically lit....Van Allsburg's express train is one in which many of us wish to believe." School Library Journal
"A publishing phenomenon — an established picture-book classic." The New York Times
"Even the most hardened Santa doubters might find in The Polar Express the faith to believe again." American Bookseller
"As always, the forms are sculptured, the perspectives as dazzling as they are audacious, the colors rich and elegant, the use of light and shadow masterly." Horn Book
The classic holiday favorite is now available in a newly designed gift package, featuring a dramatic reading by Liam Neeson, a hardcover copy of The Polar Express, and a keepsake bell with ribbon.
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. Winner of the1986 Caldecott Medal.
About the Author
Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.
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