Becoming a member of the LoveReading4Kids community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...

Find out more

A Boy Called Christmas

Written by Matt Haig

Illustrated by Chris Mould

Write A Review

A Boy Called Christmas Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 9+ readers Funny

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

You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas. It's a story that proves nothing is impossible. A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow and a boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic. From the winner of The Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. With enchanting illustrations by Chris Mould.

A Boy Called Christmas Press Reviews

Matt Haig has written the most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades. Future generations will receive the same comfort and joy from A Boy Called Christmas that they derive from mince pies, snowmen and creamy liqueurs -- Stephen Fry

A new festive classic. Funny, sad and brilliant. It turns out we only knew half the story -- Simon Mayo

Terrific . . . An instant classic - Guardian

Like enjoying the warmth of a good fire on a cold day . . . perfect for Christmas is every way - Independent

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

Read it! - Sunday Times

A glorious mix of fairytale, folklore and fun -- Francesca Simon

It will delight adults and children alike and has future classic written all over it - The Bookseller

If you loved this, you might like these...

Father Christmas and Me
Secrets of an Undercover Activist
A Beginner's Guide to Ruling the Galaxy It's hard to crush your enemies when your homework's due...
The Golden Swift

All versions of this book

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: 9781782117896
Publication date: 12th November 2021
Author: Matt Haig
Illustrator: Chris Mould
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Festive Fiction, Funny

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.  

More About Matt Haig

More Books By Matt Haig

Cover for Evie in the Jungle: World Book Day 2020 by Matt Haig
Cover for Evie and the Animals by Matt Haig
Cover for The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig
View All Books By Matt Haig

Share this book