A Boy Called Christmas

A Boy Called Christmas

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399552656
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 171,817
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Matt Haig is an internationally bestselling author whose novels for children and adults have been translated into 26 languages. His children’s books have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Alex Award, and the Blue Peter Book Award, and been nominated several times for the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. He lives in Brighton, England, with his wife and two children. He lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, with his wife and two children. Visit him at matthaig.com and follow him @matthaig1
 
Chris Mould began studying art at the age of sixteen and has gone on to become an acclaimed illustrator of children’s books. He lives with his wife and two children in Yorkshire. Visit him at chrismould.blogspot.com and follow him @chrismouldink.

Read an Excerpt

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

Yes. Father Christmas.

You may wonder how I know the true story of Father Christmas, and I will tell you that you shouldn’t really question such things. Not right at the start of a book. It’s rude, for one thing. All you need to understand is that I do know the story of Father Christmas, or else why would I be writing it?

Maybe you don’t call him Father Christmas.

Maybe you call him something else.

Santa or Saint Nick or Santa Claus or Sinterklaas or Kris Kringle or Pelznickel or Papa Noel or Strange Man with a Big Belly Who Talks to Reindeer and Gives Me Presents. Or maybe you have a name you’ve come up with yourself, just for fun. If you were an elf, though, you would always call him Father Christmas. It was the pixies who started calling him Santa Claus, and spread the word, just to confuse things, in their mischievous way.

But whatever you happen to call him, you know about him, and that’s the main thing.

Can you believe there was a time when no one in the world knew about him? A time when he was just an ordinary boy called Nikolas, living in the middle of nowhere, or the middle of Finland, doing nothing with magic except believing in it? A boy who knew very little about the world except the taste of mushroom soup, the feel of a cold north wind, and the stories he was told. And who only had a doll made out of a turnip to play with.

But life was going to change for Nikolas, in ways he could never have imagined. Things were going to happen to him.

Good things.

Bad things.

But 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 the book?

Good. (Elves would be proud.)

Then let us begin . . .

(Continues…)



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A Boy Called Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JillJemmett 3 months ago
This is a great, unique Christmas story. When I was a kid, I loved stories about Santa. I always wondered, Where did he come from? This is a great origin story about a boy named Nikolas who grew up to become Father Christmas. The narration style reminded me of the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The narrator would comment on things in the story, that Nikolas didn’t know. The narrator would also speak directly to the reader. Though Nikolas didn’t have as hard a time as the Beaudelaire children in A Series of Unfortunate Events, he did have some hardships, such as losing his family and being on his own. The next book was set up at the end with the introduction of a girl named Amelia. I’m excited to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every book he has written, is oustanding! Really puts you in the christmas mood. Highy recommended as well as "The girl who saved Christmas"
KatyMessier More than 1 year ago
My initial plan had been to listen to this story over the course of a few nights. That plan changed when I started to listen though and got immersed in this adorable story. Our main character, Nikolas, brought about an instant connection for me. It’s obvious he’s had a difficult life, and yet he remains positive and full of love. As the story progresses more and more characters are added both good and bad. As lovely and inviting as the characters are, my favorite part of this story is the message behind it. As the description states, this book is full of impossible things. It’s all about a boy learning to believe in the impossible to make those hopes and wishes come true. I can easily see this becoming a family tradition to sit around and listen to over the holidays. I expected to enjoy it but was admitted expecting something that was geared only toward small children. That isn’t the case at all, at least for me. While it doesn’t go as far as many current animated movies with adult jokes cleverly hidden in among child safe material, I do think parents will be able to enjoy it as well. There are a variety of lessons to be discussed from this story such as the importance of honesty, loyalty, kindness, the power of fear on our actions, greed, and more. As amazing as that message is it needs something to bring it to life. I’ve just started listening to audiobooks this year and am always a little nervous because so much depends on the person narrating the story. I was pretty sure this was going to be good with Stephen Fry reading and I was pleasantly surprised that it was even better than I’d hoped. His voice brings each character to life with a whole personality all their own. I highly recommend this title in any form to families with younger children. It’s listed as middle grade but I think even younger kids would appreciate the magic and excitement within. I’d like to thank BloggingforBooks for providing me with a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.