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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

PolarExpressShhh! Don’t tell Kate! I was supposed to drop this podcast on Monday as per usual but I got my dates mixed up and thought that Monday was Sunday. That’s the holidays for you. A bummer but since Kate has only a minimal online presence I’m going to try and sneak it through on a Wednesday like nothing ever happened. Like it isn’t out two days after Christmas and YET is a Christmas podcast. Hee hee  . . . heh . . . he  . . . *sigh*

A pity since it’s a good one too. After hearing so much about the Polar Express film (which I steadfastly refuse to watch) we thought we might tackle the book good and proper. How well do YOU remember it? Well . . . let’s find out.

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Source Notes:

– Yeah. I said Fuse Kate n’ 8. She didn’t stop me. I figure that’s on her.

– In case you’d like to hear Liam Neeson read this book you can do so here:

– Actually, there’s a very good reason to make that Polar Express/Hunger Games connection. Kate would like you to know the following:

Josh Hutcherson’s first major role was “The Polar Express” and he went on to star in “The Hunger Games.” Apparently he’s drawn to trains. And I just saw this interview he did about working with Tom Hanks that I thought I’d pass along.

– Meet Selfie Elf


– And, his companion, Super Annoyed Elf


– How Kate continues to find creepy clowns in every single book I’ll never know.


– Kid that’s staring at Hercule Poirot, who just got on the train.




– You can find the whole write-up at #56 on the Top 100 Picture Books poll.

– The Polar Express Train Ride from St. Louis Union Station can be seen here.

Journey to the North Pole from North Conway Village.

– My interview with Chris Van Allsburg can be read here.

– Yep. There’s a hobo on that roof all right.

– My favorite cookbook of all time. I love it, so very much.


About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.