At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.

โ€” Chris Van Allsburg

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The Polar Express began with the idea of a train standing alone in the woods.

I asked myself, What if a boy gets on that train? Where does he go?


The Polar Express was the easiest of my picture book manuscripts to write.

.. Once I realized the train was going to the North Pole, finding the story seemed less like a creative effort than an act of recollection. I felt, like the storys narrator, that I was remembering something, not making it up.


The inclination to believe in the fantastic may strike some as a failure in logic, or gullibility, but itโ€™s really a gift. A world that might have Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster is clearly superior to one that definitely does not.


I don't think ordinary things are very interesting, so I try to imagine a world that is less ordinary.


The opportunity to create a small world between two pieces of cardboard, where time exists yet stands still, where people talk and I tell them what to say, is exciting and rewarding.


I pore over every word on the cereal box at breakfast, often more than once.

You can ask me anything about shredded wheat.


Santa is our culture's only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It's a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that's a pity.


Certain peer pressures encourage little fingers to learn how to hold a football instead of a crayon. I confess to having yielded to these pressures.


The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith.

It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.


I've always thought of the book as a visual art form, and it should represent a single artistic idea, which it does if you write your own material.


I think most people agree there is a component of skill in art making;

you have to learn grammar before you learn how to write.


As much as I'd like to meet the tooth fairy on an evening walk, I don't really believe it can happen.


About Chris Van Allsburg

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Nationality American
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Birthday October 16

Though Iโ€™ve grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe.


Some artists claim praise is irrelevant in measuring the success of art, but I think it's quite relevant. Besides, it makes me feel great.


At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind.

Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the 'what if - what then' approach to writing and illustration.


There was a great deal of peer recognition to be gained in elementary school by being able to draw well. One girl could draw horses so well, she was looked upon as a kind of sorceress.


The Dick, Jane, and Spot primers have gone to that bookshelf in the sky.

I have, in some ways, a tender feeling toward them, so I think it's for the best.


Your house is all about routine, not the unexpected events of your life.


An award does not change the quality of a book.


If you don't know where you're going, stop racing to get there.

-- from Just Desert by M. T. Anderson


its not bad to be different. Sometimes it's the mark of being very very talented.


I write for what's left of the eight-year-old still rattling around inside my head.


I have lots of ideas. The problem for me has always been which one to do.


I'm not a perfectionist. I'm just very observant.


My ideas are not meant to suggest dreams or reality, but a surreal quality.


Following my muse has worked out pretty well so far.

I can't see any reason to change the formula now.


The idea of the extraordinary happening in the context of the ordinary is what's fascinating to me.


I take my ideas from my experiences.


There must be something to think about at the end.


Some people may contend that there is no image more charming that a child holding a puppy or kitten. But for me that's a distant second. When I see a child clutching a book... to his or her tiny bosom, I'm moved. Children can possess a book in a way they can never possess a video game, a TV show, or a Darth Vader doll. A book comes alive when they read it. They give it life themselves by understanding it.

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