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A Boy Called Christmas

Written by Matt Haig

Illustrated by Chris Mould

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A Boy Called Christmas Review

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Get into the Spirit of Christmas!  |  In a nutshell: a Christmas story for one and all!  |   Matt Haigh invents a brand new Christmas story in his tale of how a weedy little boy called Nikolas became the jolly bearded figure we know as Father Christmas. It’s one of the many achievements of his book that readers will want to hold it the truth. Nikolas and his father are poor – Nikolas has only ever had two presents, and one of them was a turnip – but he still understands that happiness is more important than money. This is proved when his father heads off on a money-making expedition to find Elfhelm, the village of the elves, leaving Nikolas with his nasty aunt. Nikolas follows his father and thereby meets elves, becomes magic, befriends the reindeer Blitzen, acquires the trademark red hat, and renews his determination to spread joy and good will to all. It’s a wonderful adventure, exciting, often very funny though not without its darker moments, and never sentimental. 

Andrea Reece

A Boy Called Christmas Synopsis

BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE You are about to read THE TRUE STORY OF FATHER CHRISTMAS If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. (Because this book is FULL of impossible things.) Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin...

A Boy Called Christmas Press Reviews

A new festive classic  SIMON MAYO

The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story for decades STEPHEN FRY


Terrific ... an instant classic GUARDIAN 

Perfect for Christmas in every way  INDEPENDENT 

A glorious mix of fairytale, folklore and fun  FRANCESCA SIMON

The Christmas book of the year  THE SUN 

Matt Haig puts the Happy back into Christmas  JEANETTE WINTERSON

Every bit as funny and poignant as a mouse that has never seen cheese but still believes in it!  FRANK COTTRELL BOYCE

The funny (and heartbreaking) history of Ho, ho, ho! My children loved it too  YANN MARTEL

Will do for Father Christmas what Christopher Nolan did for Batman  INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 

It will delight adults and children alike and has future classic written all over it  THE BOOKSELLER

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ISBN: 9781782117896
Publication date: 12/11/2021
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781782118268
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782118268
Publication date: 3rd November 2016
Author: Matt Haig
Illustrator: Chris Mould
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Festive Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. He has also written many books for children, including most recently the Sunday Times bestseller, The Truth Pixie, and he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.  

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