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The Polar Express

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ISBN13: 9780395389492
ISBN10: 0395389496
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
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Staff Pick

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.
Recommended by Emily, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"[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

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

Review:

"A publishing phenomenon — an established picture-book classic." The New York Times

Review:

"Even the most hardened Santa doubters might find in The Polar Express the faith to believe again." American Bookseller

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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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holachica31, December 13, 2009 (view all comments by holachica31)
i first read this book with my first grade class, from then on i've read it every year since. i would recommend this to anyone. it captures the feeling of christmas amzingly. it is a must read, its good for nights spent by the fire drinking hot chocolate.
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brunettegal418, January 2, 2008 (view all comments by brunettegal418)
This wonderful children's book captures the true meaning of innocent childhood, love, and the act of believing. This is a must read for people of all ages who want a book with deliciously drawn pictures, simple yet thought provoking words, and the sweet message of loving and believing. Chris Van Allsburg has written a true masterpeice!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780395389492
performance Read:
Van Allsburg, Chris
production Music:
Michael Moss.
Illustrator:
Van Allsburg, Chris
Author:
Allsburg, Chris Van
Author:
Neeson, Liam
Author:
Van Allsburg, Chris
Author:
Hurt, William
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Christmas
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Santa claus
Subject:
North pole
Subject:
Transportation - General
Subject:
Transportation - Railroads & Trains
Subject:
Transportation - Trains
Subject:
Christmas stories
Subject:
Christmas -- Fiction.
Subject:
North Pole Fiction.
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent
Subject:
Children s Holiday-Christmas
Copyright:
Edition Number:
revised
Edition Description:
113
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
October 28, 1985
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9 x 11.38 x 0.13 in 1.25 lb
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Media Run Time:
002230
Age Level:
04-08

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"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A publishing phenomenon — an established picture-book classic."
"Review" by , "Even the most hardened Santa doubters might find in The Polar Express the faith to believe again."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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