Friday, August 4, 2017

Review: A Boy Called Christmas - Matt Haig

 

Title: A Boy Called Christmas
Author: Matt Haig 
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4 Stars
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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 . . .

A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an eleven-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic.


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If you like stories about magic, flying reindeer, and Santa Clause, you'll love Matt Haig's middle grade novel A Boy Called Christmas.  

Nikolas is a young boy living with his father.  His father sets out on a quest with friends to prove that elves are real. He leaves Nikolas home with a maiden aunt (who Nikolas thinks is SO OLD, but really she's probably only in her 30's.)  She's not very nice, and so, finally, months after his father was supposed to be home, Nikolas sets out to find him.

You can probably guess that Nikolas is the kid who grows up to become Santa Clause.  That's not really a surprise. But the how he gets there is the exciting part.  He meets a reindeer, discovers elves are real, and learns all sorts of other awesome and magical things.  

Nikolas himself is a real treat.  He is a delightful character who takes the sad parts of his life and makes them better.  He doesn't let those things drag him down.  

The elves in this story are cute, and just plain hilarious.  They add a lot of fun to an already wonderful story.

The other characters, including Nikolas's dad and aunt, are all also well written, even though they play smaller roles in the story.  All the characters bring an element of dimension and depth to this story that is excellent.

The story itself is well-written and flows well.  It has moments of sadness and humor throughout and will draw in readers of all ages.  Don't be fooled by the fact that this is a middle-grade book - grownups will love it as well.  (Especially the part where Blitzen learns to fly!)


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