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The Polar Express

6 Ratings: 4.8
A book by Chris Van Allsburg

One couldn't select a more delightful and exciting premise for a children's book than the tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole. And one couldn't … see full wiki

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Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
5 reviews about The Polar Express
review by . October 06, 2009
Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought reading The Polar Express would be a fun get in the Christmas spirit type of read and I was not disappointed. This book holds all the magic of Christmas within it's covers. It is a true Christmas Classic. The illustrations were a sight to behold as well. I also saw the movie and although it is a bit different from the book I enjoyed it immensely - so did my little ones.
review by . November 30, 2006
If my daughter were younger, she would receive this book as a Christmas present and I would read it to her. A young boy has been told by an older one that there is no such thing as Santa Claus. As he lies in his bed on Christmas Eve pondering that news, he suddenly hears a train pull up in his front yard. The conductor shouts "All aboard!" and helps him onto the train. He joins many other children who are also in their pajamas on a journey to the North Pole. There, the elves are gathering and one …
review by . May 15, 2005
I generally think that books are better than the movies that follow them, and this book is fantastic, but with the marvelous graphics film-makers use nowadays, the movie was mind-boggling in its beauty and sheer magic!  What a ride!!! This author is sheer magic, too!  Reviewer is the author of THE TOONIES INVADE SILICON VALLEY
review by . February 04, 2005
The reason that THE POLAR EXPRESS has become so popular is not necessarily because of the book's story. Well, actually the book doesn't have much of a story: boy questions if Santa exists, on Christmas Eve a train shows up at his house and whisks him off to the North Pole, he meets Santa and gets a sleigh bell, he loses the bell, goes back home, opens presents the next morning, the last present opened includes the lost sleigh bell with a note from Santa, and the boy becomes a life-long believer. …
review by . November 08, 2004
"Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe." --The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg    The Polar Express, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsberg, is a children's book where a magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. A winner of the Caldecott Medal, this book was released in 1985 and is the basis for the movie featuring Tom Hanks.    The …
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