Reviews

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.
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?

Good.

Then let us begin . . .

This book was just the most perfect Christmas Eve read! It was short but utterly heartwarming and magical! This was my fourth Matt Haig read and, like the previous three, it was a 5 star read. I could not fault this book at all, not that I’d want to.

I read the audiobook which was narrated by Stephen Fry and that felt like the perfect choice. It also meant that I could do boring things like wrapping presents, my most hated festive activity, while listening to a darling story.

The entire book was told in such a beautiful way. With an all seeing narrator which i felt worked really well in this book.

I am such a sucker for a Santa origin story and this is among my favourites. Nikolas was such a lovely child and I really liked him as a main character. He loved his family, was kind to animals, and was grateful for what he had-he wasn’t greedy. I also really enjoyed the Truth Pixie, who I think has their own book as part of this Christmas series. I loved how mischievous and blood thirsty she was. I thought this was a wonderful addition to the story! I also absolutely adored the reindeer because I love an origin story.

This book was just such a magical and atmospheric story. The world building was beautiful. The forests sounded so dreamy and lush and the Elf Village sounded absolutely glorious. I too would have loved to be there. I know it was about Father Christmas so it is probably obvious but the atmosphere felt so wintery.

This was a children’s book so I didn’t expect it to include any tough moments but there were some pretty emotional parts in this book. Not in a bad way but in a character development way. Obviously I cried reading this book because that’s who I am. If a book is heartwarming, I will cry.

This book reminded me so much of Roald Dahl, who will always be one of my favourite authors so I mean this as a massive compliment. I fully intend to read the other books in this series because it was a wonderful adventure of a book. I didn’t really have many expectations going into this book, I enjoy Matt Haig’s writing but I wasn’t sue how I’d feel with it being a children’s book but I loved it! I will happily read a children’s book but do acknowledge that since I’m not the target audience, sometimes it might just not do it or me.

I thought that this book was absolutely perfect and gave me everything I wanted from a Christmassy read- excellent characters, wintery setting, and a heartwarming story. I was so sad when it ended as I just wanted more, not that it was incomplete. I just was greedy and wanted to read more about Nikolas and his friends. I think I’m going to be adding this to my Christmas re-read pile as I definitely want to read this book again.

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