by Emily, May 25, 2005 2:27 PM
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.