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The Polar Express

Written by Chris Van Allsburg

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LoveReading View on The Polar Express

This atmospheric story is a firm favourite for Christmas reading, reissued here in this mini-edition stocking filler.  A magical Christmas tale that is not to be missed and shared with all the family.


The Polar Express Synopsis

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.

The Polar Express Press Reviews

'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

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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781783446827
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781783445684
Publication date: 05/10/2017
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783443338
Publication date: 01/10/2015
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783443338
Publication date: 1st October 2015
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About Chris Van Allsburg

Chris van Allsburg lives in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a sculptor and artist, who first won the Caldecott Medal for Jumanji and then won it again for Polar Express.

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