Polar Express 30th anniversary edition

by Chris Van Allsburg

A beautiful edition, including downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson, to celebrate 30 years of the magical, timeless story about a little boy's train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544580145
  • ISBN-10: 0544580141
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 09/15/2015
  • Carton Quantity: 10

About the book

1986 Caldecott Medal Winner 


A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . 


Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. 


For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is revealed in a never-before-seen fashion, with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes author’s note, downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson, and golden "All Aboard" ornament. 



About the author
Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at chrisvanallsburg.com. 



“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