The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Paperback Andersen Press

By (author) Chris Van Allsburg

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  • Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 230mm x 290mm x 4mm | 221g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1842709496
  • ISBN 13: 9781842709498
  • Edition: 9000
  • Edition statement: Reissue.
  • Illustrations note: chiefly col. ill
  • Sales rank: 1,357

Product description

Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer's harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.

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Author information

Chris van Allsburg lives in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a sculptor and artist, and twice winner of the Caldecott Medal, first for Jumanji, and then for The Polar Express. He has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in October 2009.

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"Magical glowing double spread pictures ... an original and memorable book." Guardian "Evocative, realist pastels and atmospheric text." Sunday Times "A thrilling tale." Independent "Stunning and exciting ... deeply painterly scenes express the wonder and imagination still fresh in childhood." Growing Point "A powerfully atmospheric story with a dreamlike quality that will remain with young readers." Books for Keeps

Editorial reviews

Magical glowing double spread pictures . . . an original and memorable book.