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Highlights

  • The setting of the book is based on Van Allsburg’s childhood home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • The Pere Marquette 1225 train, now in Owosso, Michigan, was the inspiration for the story. As a child, Chris Van Allsburg played on the engine when it was on display, and to him, the number 1225 meant 12/25, Christmas Day!
  • The real 1225 train inspired the animated train, and they recorded the 1225’s different locomotive sounds to use in the movie.
  • Chris Van Allsburg said that The Polar Express was the easiest of his picture book manuscripts to write. He created only one draft and had to make only a few changes to the text.
  • The Polar Express is done with oil pastels, and to get the night lighting just right, he mixed color complements (reds with greens, oranges with blues) to bring out the hues of colors in low light.
  • Van Allsburg has an artistic connection to another Christmas classic — in 2014 he designed the sets for the Michigan Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker.

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About the Book



Take a ride aboard the Polar Express in this award-winning, classic holiday story, complete with an ornament gift, perfect for every child's library.



Book Synopsis



Take a ride aboard the Polar Express in this award-winning, classic holiday story, complete with an ornament gift, perfect for every child's library.

A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical train to the North Pole. The Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. This is a story for all who believe in the spirit of Christmas and those who treasure the sound of a reindeer's silver bell.

The Polar Express is the 1986 Caldecott Medal winner, and reading the story together is a beloved holiday tradition held by generations of families. It was also made into an animated feature film starring Tom Hanks.

In this special edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is highlighted with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes an author's note and downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson.



Review Quotes




"The best book about Santa."--Entertainment Weekly

"The Polar Express is magic indeed. "--The New York Times

"Allsburg's mix of meticulousness and mysticism is his own, and his quiet Christmas bell, now run, will not stop ringing."--Adam Gopnik, author of The King in the Window

"The sumptuous pastel effects make this one of Van Allsburg's most treasured visions."--Newsweek

"As always, the forms are sculptured, the perspectives as dazzling as they are audacious, the colors rich and elegant, the use of light and shadow masterly."--Horn Book Guide

"Even the most hardened Santa doubters might find in The Polar Express the faith to believe again."--American Bookseller

1986 Caldecott Medal Winner
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year
ALA Notable Book for Children
Booklist Editors' Choice
Horn Book Fanfare Selection
Reading Rainbow Review Book



About The Author



Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, and is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. He lives on the North Shore of Boston. Visit his website at www.chrisvanallsburg.com.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.2 Inches (H) x 11.6 Inches (W) x .5 Inches (D)
Weight: 1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Classics, Holidays + Celebrations / Christmas, Transportation / Railroads + Trains
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2015
TCIN: 21405017
UPC: 9780544580145
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-5843
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 9.3 inches length x 0.38 inches width x 11.7 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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Q: What does it mean by “mixed media”?

submitted by Ddog - 4 years ago
  • A: You can download an audio version.

    submitted bymomtothree - 4 years ago

Q: Is this a hardcover?

submitted by hawaiianpanda - 6 years ago
  • A: Yes it’s hard covered

    submitted byJacquie - 6 years ago
4.9 out of 5 stars with 205 reviews
96% would recommend
25 recommendations

Polar express

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Jana - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
Really nice story, my kids love it!
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No ornament!!!!

3 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Barb - 3 months ago, Verified purchaser
Product details said an ornament is included. The cover states the same. Didn’t receive the ornament which is crucial to the story. The recipient can read so I am not giving this treasure as a hift
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The polar express

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Millz - 3 months ago, Verified purchaser
This book is Good quality. The art work is beautiful.
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Love this book!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Kristin - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
Such a cute book with great illustrations! The collectible ornament was a great touch as well.
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Great purchase

5 out of 5 stars
Great purchase - 9 months ago, Verified purchaser
I love this book as much as the movie
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Great book!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
LindseyLovesTarget - 1 year ago
This makes a wonderful Christmas gift for a small child. I purchase this at target for my neighbors new son. They were excited to read it to him during the holiday season.
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BOOK

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
keegan - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Wonderful chldren's book, especially around the Christmas season.
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Childhood memories

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Gish - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
My 33 year old son was beyond thrilled to get this book. He lost it as a child and it was like watching him open it all over again
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Must Have for Christmas.

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
TaterMomma - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
This is beautifully illustrated. The pages are also thick and durable. There is a fun surprise in the back of the book that is an ornament. My kiddo loves this book.
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Polar Express

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Hello - 1 year ago
My grandson love this story
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Classic

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Kristin - 1 year ago
Great value and a classic!
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The Polar Express

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Djsdwmf - 1 year ago
It is the perfect Christmas book for any age. I love that it comes with a pretty ornament.
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love this book!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
just what I needed - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
our traditional Christmas book!! love it!!
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Polar Express

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Noel - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
The Polar Express is one of our favorite Christmas stories to read & gift with a silver bell! It’s a reminder for all ages of the First Gift of Christmas for those who truly believe.
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Awesome book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
MU - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
We love this movie and the book. We had to replace the previous one. I loved the nice surprise of it including a keepsake ornaments
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Beautilf and perfect book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
AngelT - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Such an adorable book. Illustrated very well. Has a ton of beautiful colors. We’re going to give this to her son on Christmas Eve along with the night before Christmas book as kind of a tradition to do it every year to read together on Christmas Eve. He absolutely loves the Movie so I thought this would be a perfect complement to the movie. We as well found a Hallmark Bell ornament it’s a polar express to go with it.
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Great deal

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
eeeeeemommy - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
This was a great price! Glad I thought to buy it at target! I could never have found it cheaper! My kid’s and I love this story!
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Classic Story, Great Memories

5 out of 5 stars
hill411 - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
A classic! Our young children especially liked our special moments snuggled up by the light of the Christmas tree and listening to the included audio recording of the story. My book-lover son would hardly put this book down.
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Debra - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Love the book, made my grandson smile ear to ear! Also included a metal ornament he got to hang on his tree!
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Good

5 out of 5 stars
Was satisfied - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
perfectly as advertised
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