THE POLAR EXPRESS by CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG.
SOURCE: Won at the beginning of the year - thanks to Stephanie and Jessica over at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow - I've been waiting for just this occasion to read and review this.
BOOK SUMMARY: Click here but be warned it concerns big spoilers.
FIRST SENTENCE: On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in bed.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe.
MY THOUGHTS: Forty plus and (almost) a newcomer to the story - I haven't even watched the film all the way through as I find the animation spooky, the characters somehow too human as to be animated and yet too animated to be convincingly human - what is there to say about The Polar Express that hasn't been said a thousand times before as generation after generation discover this seasonal treasure?
A wonderfully nostalgic novel, beautifully illustrated, that brought a tear to the eye. This particular edition (available from amazon.com but not amazon.co.uk as far as I can see) included a keepsake ornament and bonus CD read by Liam Neeson.