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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.
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 . . .--This text refers to the paperback edition.
"Like stockings hung by the fire, this spellbinding opus may well become a yuletide tradition." —Kirkus, Starred review
"Award-winning British author Matt Haig (To Be a Cat) writes with warmth, wit and irreverence." —Shelf Awareness, Starred review
"Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories.”—Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard Book
"The definitive (and funny) history of Ho, ho, ho! My children loved it." —Yann Martel, bestselling author of Life of Pi
"Humorous and heartfelt, A Boy Called Christmas will grow your heart three sizes and make you believe in magic." --Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times bestselling author of Rump
"The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades. Future generations will receive the same comfort and joy from A Boy Called Christmas that they derive from mince pies, snowmen and creamy liqueurs." --Stephen Fry
"Matt Haig puts the Happy back into Christmas." --Jeanette Winterson
"A new festive classic. Funny, sad and brilliant. It turns out we only knew half the story." --Simon Mayo, BBC
"An instant Christmas classic... Nikolas is a terrific character, clearly the offspring of Gerda from The Snow Queen and Roald Dahl's Charlie Bucket." --The Guardian
"Like enjoying the warmth of a good fire on a cold day . . . perfect for Christmas is every way." --The Independent --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01BJSOEFS
- Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers (November 1, 2016)
- Publication date : November 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 33843 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 242 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #184,618 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I wish I had read the negative reviews before purchasing, as this book is just completely full of negativity. When we started out, I liked the idea of Santa Claus overcoming hardships, but it soon became more than mere hardship; it was truly depressing.
I continued reading hoping it would take an upturn, but it didn’t.
SPOILERS: His horrible (for no apparent reason) aunt destroyed the one item in the world he cherished in a rather sickening manner, there was a sociopathic pixie who talked about how much she loved making heads explode (there is an actual head explosion in the book, described in gory detail), Blizten enjoyed peeing on people (unnecessary and childish humor, which I found confusing as the author clearly wanted to deal some incredibly mature and horrible blows of reality throughout), his father (his hero and a man whom he had always admired) kidnapped an elf for money, a troll nearly strangled him to death, his father committed suicide right before his eyes, etc.
Ultimately, the only reason I kept reading was so we could finally get to the good stuff where he becomes Santa Claus. We felt the payoff at the very end was not nearly as cheery as it needed to be in order to make the rest of the book worth it.
We DO NOT recommend this book.
The book is well-written, don't get me wrong. But you don't feel good after you put it down. Maybe that's what the author wanted? Maybe they wanted something "deeper" therefore they chose the most depressing way to go about it.
Top reviews from other countries
Nikolas met two Elves, Father Topo and Little Noosh who showed him the city of Elfhelm, on arriving the Elves were very unhappy Father Vodel had banned nearly everything and Nikolas was put in jail, he heard that an Elf Little Kip had been kidnapped by his father and other men, Sebastian a Troll tried to eat Nikolas but the Truth Pixie stopped it, the story continues with his escape from jail and all his many adventures with the Elves, can Nikolas bring back happiness to the Elves and what is the special job he would be needed for
My verdict, excellent childrens story, worth reading
A good collection of very different characters to engage the reader and show diversity. The main character's 'goodness' shines through and makes for happy reading. Should I have read this with a child, I imagine there would be plenty to discuss and chat about.
There were times that I felt the story sagged a little and slowed down on pace, but this did not affect me finishing it and I would read another story by this author again.