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Trip To The North Pole (The Polar Express: The Movie) Paperback – October 12, 2004
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You know, one thing about trains --- It doesn't matter where they're going, what matters is deciding to get on. So says The Conductor, and in this case, readers will enjoy the chance to get back on board for another story based on "The Polar Express." This novelization takes what you like about the film and combines it with additional material from the original script. It even integrates a portion of the song "When Christmas Comes to Town" directly into the story.
Fans of the film who are old enough to read chapter novels will appreciate the extra attention to detail given in this story. Much of the dialogue is extended and there are also nice bonsues, such as the Hero Boy (who is referred to simply as "The Boy" in the text) shaking his head at a display he finds fake and extended ramblings from the Know-it-All Boy. If your kids enjoyed the film, but aren't yet old enough to read chapter boosk, you might consider reading this story aloud to them.
Normally, I find books based on movies that were based on books in the first place to often be so-so at best. But this is a Christmas treat for all fans of the film who truly believe.
This book includes fifteen still photos from the film, all in color.
I liked the movie and the book with pictures is faithful
to that source material.
If your kid doesn't believe in Santa Claus,
he might actually like this book too.
The Boy wants to believe in Santa but is wavering in doubt on Christmas Eve. Then he is astounded to awake to the sound of an old-fashioned steam engine chugging along his street--stopping just to pick him up as a passenger in pajamas. The Girl is a sweet, compassionate child, who lacks confidence in her decisions. The Lonely Boy barely decides to get on board, hides in a back car sad and lonely, ashamed that Christmas is rarely celebrated at his house. Keeping the show running on time, if you please, is the firmly kind Conductor, who punches unusual words on their golden tickets. What will the kids learn when they observe Santa's Departure ceremony, after he hands out the First Gift of Christmas? Each of the four main juvenile characters has a personality-changing experience on that most magic night. If you listen carefully on Christmas morning, can you still hear the bell?