by Jill P



Award-winning Author/Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg will be at WMU Little Theater, November 15th to Celebrate Release of The Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition.


Bookbug will welcome accomplished author Chris Van Allsburg to Kalamazoo on Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 pm for a special presentation and book signing at WMU’s Little Theater.


Ticket Cost: $30

All tickets include signed copy of The Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition.

Tickets available at Bookbug in Kalamazoo and online at Bookbug’s dedicated Chris Van Allsburg Event Ticket Page.



Thirty years ago, a mysterious train steamed up to a young boy’s front door, taking him on a trip he would never forget. Told as a first-person recollection and richly illustrated in oil pastels, Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express is a story of the faith that children bring into the world. For millions of families worldwide, this boy’s Christmas Eve journey has become a part oftheir own holiday traditions.

The Polar Express, first published in 1985, has been honored with a Caldecott Medal, the highest accolade in children’s books; inspired dozens of seasonal train rides around the country; served as the theme for countless elementary school pageants; and perhaps most important of all, remains a steadfast reminder to readers young and old of the true magic of Christmas.

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, and includes a letter from Van Allsburg, downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson, and a golden keepsake ornament.

With more than twelve million copies in print, The Polar Express is a worldwide phenomenon, and Chris Van Allsburg is a household name. In 2004, The Polar Express was a blockbuster movie, starring Tom Hanks; two of Van Allsburg’s other books—Jumanji and Zathura—have also been made into feature films, and The Sweetest Fig and The Widow’s Broom films are in development.

Knowing the role that The Polar Express plays in many family holiday traditions, the publisher has created an innovative interactive online calendar to count down the twenty-five days of December before Christmas. Each day holds a new delight for families, including a recipe for Polar Chocolate Nougat Caramel squares, reindeer craft instructions, online games and mazes, and much more. The calendar is posted, along with a wealth of other Polar Express and Van Allsburg material, on





By | 2015-11-05T06:32:40+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on Award-winning Author/Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg at WMU Little Theater

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Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.