A Boy Called Christmas by Matt HaigA Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

A Boy Called Christmas

byMatt HaigIllustratorChris Mould

Hardcover | November 1, 2016

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Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. Still, he tries hard to believe in happiness, living with his father in the second smallest cottage in all of Finland. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.

Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it’s too late. . . .

Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould.

Matt Haig was born on July 3, 1975 in Sheffield. He attended the University of Hull where he studied English and History. He has since become a British novelist and journalist. He has authored both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. His non-fiction title "Reasns to Stay Alive" became a Sunday Times bestseller. His bestsel...
Title:A Boy Called ChristmasFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.93 inPublished:November 1, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443450227

ISBN - 13:9781443450225


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Christmas story 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.
Date published: 2018-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story! I read this book super fast. It's a great message and a great story. A definite, definite read!
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very unique! this was so interesting and captivating! definitely recommend this book!!
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lovely story Great holiday story for young and young-at-heart alike.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Great story about Nicholas, and his journey leading to the creation of Father Christmas. The author touches on so many aspects of Father Christmas such as the origin of the different names, his feat of going through chimneys, why is he so old?... A well spun tale, with enough obstacles to overcome and magic to you believe.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! (and i'm a grown-up) The storytelling was both thoughtful and entertaining, and I adored the whimsical illustrations. Really got me into the Christmas spirit.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the 8 to 12 set #plumreview. I really liked the author''s take on the origins of Santa Claus, how he gets down chimneys, fly's around the world in one night, and why he gives away toys. Certainly made sense to this grandmother, so I'm sure the grandkids will enjoy it. Especially loved the illustrations by Chris Mould.
Date published: 2016-11-28

Editorial Reviews

“Perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas, and Mould’s scratchy ink-pen illustrations bring charm and humor to the page. Misguided elves, a mouse that unflaggingly believes in the existence of cheese, and flying reindeer (naturally) all unite under one boy’s faith in the impossible. A heartwarming holiday adventure.”