Father Christmas and Me

Father Christmas and Me

by Matt Haig


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Let the battle for Christmas begin . . .

Amelia lives in the magical town of Elfhelm, newly adopted by Father Christmas and his wife, Mary . When the very jealous Easter Bunny launches an attack to ruin Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her family and the elves to fight off the forces of evil.

But can they keep Christmas alive?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786890726
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 7.79(h) x (d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

As well as being a number one bestselling writer for adults, Matt Haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal for his stories for children and young adults. The idea for the Christmas series came when his son asked what Father Christmas was like as a boy.

Chris Mould went to art school at the age of sixteen. He has won the Nottingham Children’s Book Award and been commended by the Sheffield Children’s Book Award. He loves his work and likes to write and draw the kind of books that he would have liked to have had on his shelf as a boy. He is married with two children and lives in Yorkshire.

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Father Christmas and Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
This is another amazing Christmas story from Matt Haig! There were funny parts and sad parts. I don’t normally like reading sad stories, especially sad Christmas stories. Many of them seem to pull on your heartstrings. The sad parts of this story were resolved, so I wasn’t left feeling down. I liked the addition of the Easter Bunny in this story. He isn’t the loving bunny that he usually is in stories. Instead he was more of an evil dictator. That was an amusing twist on the holiday story. I also love the Truth Pixie who appeared in this story. She’s so funny because she can only tell the truth and she must answer all questions. I really enjoyed this book! This is a great series for the holidays!
Shortcake5 More than 1 year ago
I've read many Matt Haig books. His stories seem to always combined fun, humor, and a great storyline, Father Christmas and Me is the same formula mixed with really awesome illustrations created by Chris Mould. When 11-year-old orphan Amelia Wishart, her cat, Captain Soot, and the kitchen maid, Mary Ethel Winters go to live in Elfhelm - a magical world, Amelia finds a mysterious place filled with school teachers named like the subject they taught, a very loving and happy Father Christmas, and lots and lots of elves who become more than just neighbors to her. The adventures that author Matt Haig sends Amelia and Mary Ethel on are so light-hearted a child will end up dreaming of having those adventures themselves. The characters are memorable, their personalities quirky and turned out to be just up my alley. Father Christmas and Me returns a child and their parents to a time when Christmas was like a postcard from ages long ago and stories and life were simple and magical. I believe that children who love the idea of Father Christmas, little pointed-eared elves and a dream of imaginary friends like Amelia will love this book. Children who love to read chapter books will love this bo0k. Children who love fun illustrations will love this book, and Parents who love their children should read this book to them. I give Father Christmas and Me 5 stars for creativity, magic and just pure fun.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Father Christmas and Me, is the third book in a series of Christmas books by Matt Haig, with ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ and ‘The Girl who Saved Christmas’ being the first two. In this story we get to meet Amelia Wishart, a young girl who feels that she doesn’t belong anywhere after the death of her mother and a father nowhere to be seen. With no-one to look after her, Amelia ended up at Mr. Jeremiah Creeper’s Workhouse. That was until Father Christmas took her, and Mary, who worked in the kitchen, to his home in Elfhelm, a magical place that is not visible to humans. Elfhelm is a magical town, filled with laughter and joy. The villagers, mainly elves and pixies, are mostly happy little people, until Father Vodol, a very bad elf starts causing trouble (again). This time he is trying to get rid of Father Christmas, Mary and Amelia, and will do everything and anything he can to succeed and banish the humans from Elfhelm, along with ruining Christmas for everyone too. Will Father Vodol succeed, or will Amelia be able to prove that Vodol is spreading fake news, show the folk of Elfhelm just how bad an elf he really is and save Christmas? I didn’t realise when I read Father Christmas and Me that it was the final part in a trilogy, which does mean that although starting at the beginning is best, it can be read as a standalone too. The book is filled with magic and goodness, but also a reminder of how bad some people can be, and how fake news can travel fast, causing lots of people pain and heartache. Amelia is a lovely little girl who through no fault of her own, has had an awful childhood. That was until Father Christmas saved her. She isn’t completely happy in Elfhelm and still doesn’t feel like she fits in perfectly, as she has to attend elf school, where she is taller than all the other children, and the adults too. Plus Elf school work isn’t like human school work, so she doesn’t feel as clever as all her elf classmates. What I like about Matt Haig’s books is how he can make you become emotionally attached to his characters, whilst entertaining you with his superb stories. He sprinkles a little bit of magic onto each page and has children excited to read and use their imaginations, in an age where it often feels like technology has taken over and books are being left behind. This is an exciting, adventurous book that is a little bit zany, but is a whole lot of fun. It includes lots of amusing illustrations by Chris Mould. Plus you also get to discover why you receive chocolate eggs at Easter too!