Win a fantastic children's book to fill your children's bookcase with Tidy Book's Christmas book review and competition
On cold winter nights, what better thing to do that to snuggle up with a good book? To get you in the mood for Christmas, we review a modern children's classic 'The Polar Express' by Chris Van Allsburg, and you can win a copy for your children!
To be in with a chance of winning, tell us what your family's favourite Christmas tradition is, whether it's funny, poignant or just something you all love doing. To enter, leave a comment at the end.
If your children are starting to have the teeniest of doubts about Santa Claus, then this is the book for them.
The Polar Express begins with a boy's steadfast trust in Father Christmas, and as he lies awake on Christmas Eve, he is straining his ears to hear the sleigh bells. What he hears instead is the sliding of metal on metal, and hissing steam as the Polar Express arrives. As the boy climbs aboard, he's joining a train full of children bound for a visit to Father Christmas.
This is an incredibly atmospheric book, created mostly by the rich and beautiful illustrations. They have a filmic quality and it's immediately easy to see how this book has translated so well to the cinema. The depth of the illustrations reminded me of traditional Russian fairytales such as Vasilisa the Beautiful, which draw you in. They are easily my favourite part of this book, and the five year old was captivated by them.
When the boy meets Santa Claus, he asks simply for one of the reindeer's bells as his Christmas gift. The silver bell can only be heard by children, and as they grow up, they gradually cannot hear it anymore. All except the boy, who, even as he grows up, continues to believe in the magic of Christmas, and the silver bell still rings sweetly for him.
The Polar Express was released as a film in 2005 starring Tom Hanks, and has become a modern children's classic story, and you can even get rides on real steam trains themed as Polar Express' such as this one in the North of England. The Polar Express is the winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, and Chris Van Allburg is also author of 'Jumanji.'
The Polar Express, published in 1985 by Andersen Press is a lovely, magical read on a dark winter's afternoon!
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