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.


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.


You could do no better. Bittersweet, beautifully told, trad book.

The New Review (Supp.To the Observer)

Utterly perfect Christmas tale. One of the most atmospheric and perfectly paced Christmas stories ever written for children.

Read it Daddy! Blog

This classic tale is beautifully illustrated and helps children understand the value of presents.


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.

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