Pros: beautifully illustrated
My father read this to my brother and I every Christmas Eve. Van Allsburg's beautiful illustrations are as quiet and powerful as is the message of the power of belief. There is magic in this story and its pictures! I would recommend treasuring this classic Christmas story and stay far away from the film adaptation, as I have done. Everything you need for a beautiful storytelling is here in The Polar Express, sure to create lovely wintertime memories for you and yours.