Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Genre: Christmas / Traveling / Fantasy / Magic
Year Published: 1985
Year Read: 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Content Rating: Ages 5+ (Nothing Objectionable)
“The Polar Express” is a fantastic book that proudly won the Caldecott Medal and is from the creative mind of Chris Van Allsburg. This story is about how a young boy experiences the magic of the North Pole when he goes a magical ride on the Polar Express. “The Polar Express” is a brilliant Christmas story that children of all ages will enjoy for many years.
Chris Van Allsburg has done a terrific job at both writing and illustrating this book with a passion. Chris Van Allsburg portrays the boy’s enthusiasm at going to the North Pole in a way that a child would react to an amusement park, which is realistic and heartwarming at the same time. Chris Van Allsburg’s writing is full of magic and wonder as the boy gives the readers in great detail about what a wonderful place that the North Pole is by describing the city’s lights and the factories that surround the city and the way that the text is set up will make any child want to go to the North Pole. Chris Van Allsburg’s illustrations are extremely beautiful and magical, especially of the images of the North Pole with its city like lights and the beautiful image of all the elves gathering at the center of the city. Also, the images of the different landscapes that the Polar Express passes through are extremely beautiful, especially of the images of the Polar Express going through the woods and the trees look so realistic and you can see various animals like wolves and rabbits go through the forest.
“The Polar Express” is truly one of the greatest masterpieces in children’s literature ever created as children will enjoy the experience of looking at the North Pole from a child’s perspective and enjoy the beautiful illustrations of the North Pole itself. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there is nothing really inappropriate for small children.
* 1986 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Nominee for Picture Book - Honor Book
* 1986 Caldecott Medal
* 1986 Little Archer Award
* 1987 Kentucky Bluegrass Award
* 1988 Nevada Young Readers' Award for Primary Category/Picture Book Category
* 1991 Buckeye Children's Book Award for K-2