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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.

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21st December '17
I read it to Darth aged 9 aged 9
A Boy Called Christmas 9781782117896
5 stars
It's Christmas and i wanted to read my 9 year old son a Christmas story and this ticks all the boxes. It is the story of how a little boy called Nikolas becomes Father Christmas. I loved the feel of this book and the illistrations were beautiful. My son loved looking at the illustrations with me. While the story had some really sad moments as it deals with Nikolas losing his parents, it was overall full of hope and joy and goodwill. My son loved Blitzen and laughed at his antics. Am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 
12th January '17
I read it to Josh aged 8 aged 8 , to Sam aged 7 aged 7 & to Matthew aged 4 aged 4
A Boy Called Christmas 9781782117896
5 stars
We read this book as part of our advent book calendar and it did not disappoint.

Despite the title, this book could be read at anytime as the story is so well written it is more like a fairy tale with elves, trolls, reindeer and wicked aunt Carlotta.

My boys loved that each chapter was left on a cliff hanger and they begged for just one more chapter many nights! 

There are illustrations throughout the book which add to the story. We also loved the messages in the story like nothing is impossible and that being good and kind makes you feel really good inside.
12th December '16
I read it myself (an adult)
A Boy Called Christmas 9781782117896
5 stars
This is a hugely enjoyable book. It is the story of how an eleven year-old boy called Nikolas grows up to become Father Christmas. I loved how, one by one, the origins of the different traditions associated with Father Christmas are explained - his distinctive laugh, the characteristic red outfit and hat, his beard, the toy-making elves, the wooden sleigh and flying reindeer, and stockings full of presents. All of these elements are imaginatively and cleverly woven into the plot.

The story is set in Finland and the Far North. This is where Elfhelm, the elf village, is reputed to be. In the early chapters of the book, Nikolas's impoverished father leaves on a three-month mission to the Far North. He, and the band of men he travels with, are hoping to find proof of the existence of elves for which there is the promise of a significant financial reward from the king.

Nikolas's mother is dead and so his evil Aunt Carlotta arrives to look after him. When he can take her cruelty no longer, Nikolas decides to head north in a bid to find his father. And so his great adventure begins.

He finds Elfhelm but it is no longer home to happy and joyful elves. Joy and goodwill have been actively discouraged by the recently elected leader of the Elf Council, Father Vodol. He regards goodwill as another name for weakness. He knows that goodwill comes from happiness and so he has been doing everything in his power to make the elves miserable. He has reduced wages, banned dancing and spinning tops, and introduced a hierarchy of elves which has led to segregation. With parallels to contemporary world politics, Father Vodol has risen to power on a tide of fear. He has used his newspaper, The Daily Snow, to propagate a fear of outsiders, particularly humans.
Miserable elves at their Christmas party.

Luckily, not all goodwill has been stamped out. When he arrives in Elfhelm, weak and exhausted, Nikolas is rescued by Father Topo and his granddaughter, Little Noosh. They stand by him against the prejudices and distrust of the other elves. Gradually things begin to change in Elfhelm as Nikolas proves that not all humans are bad and in so doing earns the respect and trust of the elves. Happiness, goodwill and spickle dancing are restored.

There is so much joy in this book. It's funny and I laughed out loud a lot. It's magical: I loved the secret elf world, the flying reindeer, and the sense of folklore and fairy tale. And then there's the feel-good glow it gives you as kindness triumphs over bitterness and fear, and good defeats evil. A fabulous read at any time of the year but perfect in the run up to Christmas.
30th December '18
I read it to Brobee aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
We loved this book so much and it's been a highlight of our Christmas this year. It's delightfully written and has the reader desperately turning each page with cliff hangers galore. We loved the sense of magic and how Matt Haig wove Christmas traditions throughout. A wonderful story and a beautiful story to share at this time of year.
28th December '16
I read it to Bobbin aged 9 aged 9 & to Piglet aged 5 aged 5
A Boy Called Christmas 9781782117896
5 stars
An utterly charming and engaging festive tale, a book that captures your attention with its sparkly cover and holds it until the last page. The story explains the origins of Christmas by introducing the reader to the young Father Christmas - a boy by the name of Nikolas. What unfolds is a tale of an expedition that sets him off on a magical adventure to the land of the elves, and ultimately leads him to becoming Father Christmas. 

I would highly recommend this book, my children (and I!) greatly enjoyed reading this in the lead up to Christmas. The next book in the series (The Girl Whi Saved Christmas) is already out, and will be our Christmas story book for next year.
3rd October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
A Boy Called Christmas 9781782117896
5 stars
A Boy called Christmas
You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that 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.

I read this book when it first came out over a year ago just in time for Christmas 2015, I'm an absolute lover of children's Christmas books and try and find a new one to read every year.
Matt Haig has recaptured the magic of Christmas and how Father Christmas became the figure we all know and believe in . Chris Moulds illustrations accompanying the story are amazing and funny too.
The story is of Nikolas and the book starts by telling us what happened to his mother but that's all I'm going to say as I don't want to spoil the book.
Nikolas eventually sets out to try and find his father with his little mouse companion Miika. After leaving his home where his cruel aunt has been sent to look after him.
Nikolas encounters a Reindeer along the way that has been shot with an arrow but again that's all I'm saying about that too.
His Father has set out with a group of horrible hunters to find out if Elfhelm, the home of the elves really exists and Nicholas is following them.
What follows is a tale of elves, Reindeer , magic and kidnap, but a most truly magical tale. I loved revisiting this story again and the magic was once again reintroduced to me in this wonderful story.
I read this because a follow up to the story The Girl who saved Christmas was released in November 2016 and my review for this follows  underneath.
I gave this book 5/5 stars just because I love and believe in the magic of Christmas still even at 51 years old !!
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About Matt Haig

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 shortlisted 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 sch...

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Chris Mould has been gracing children’s books with his quirky, inky artwork since 1991 and has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Chris has illustrated for everything from TV to newspapers, and has worked with a varie...

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