*Incomplete review-complete when read again*
First let me say that Chris Van Allsburg is one of my favorite children's illustrators of all time. I love The Polar Express and many of his other works. For some reason, however, this book thoroughly disappointed me. I had no emotional response to this and if it had been two pages longer-I would have failed to finish a picture book. Yeah.
I can't put my finger on why this book so completely failed to work for me but it may just be the story idea. I disliked the movie for the same reason.