- 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: 2,444
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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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.
"Utterly perfect Christmas tale. One of the most atmospheric and perfectly paced Christmas stories ever written for children." Read it Daddy! Blog "You could do no better. Bittersweet, beautifully told, trad book." The New Review (Supp.To the Observer) Christmas Books 2014 "A book to keep and remember." Newbury Weekly News, Caroline Franklin "Magical glowing double spread pictures ... an original and memorable book." Guardian "Evocative, realist pastels and atmospheric text." Sunday Times
Magical glowing double spread pictures . . . an original and memorable book.