A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

A Boy Called Christmas Matt Haig

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.

Plot

You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.
It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible.
If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you.
Because this book is FULL of impossible things.

Are you still reading?

Good.

Then let us begin . . .

A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an eleven-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.

Review

A Boy Called Christmas is such a sweet story, perfect to get into the Christmas mood. Though it has some suprisingly dark moments.

It tells the story of Nikolas, a poor Finnish boy who follows his father to the North to find Elfheim, home of the elves. However, the North is not as he expected. Sure, there is magic (flying reindeer!) but the elves are surprisingly grumpy and suspicious of humans. For good reason, as it turns out.

“Father Christmas?” said Father Vodol, suspiciously. “It doesn’t sound very memorable.”

I loved the style of the book. It’s funny and perfect to read to someone, though there are some jokes small children probably won’t understand but are really funny for adults. There’s plenty of funny moments for kids in this book too.

I also adored the characters. Nicholas is kind of your run of the mill good guy. He’s sweet and caring and always tries to do good.

In a world like that it’s very easy to be bad. So when someone is good, or kind, it’s a magic in itself. It gives people hope. And hope is the most wonderful thing there is.

The other characters are weirder (and probably more interesting): There’s an elf that wants everyone to be unhappy. There’s a pixie that can only tell the truth and loves to see people’s heads explode. A mouse that’s only interested in cheese and of course, a reindeer that loves peeing on people.

It’s a fun romp of a book, perfect for Christmas.

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