REVIEW: A Boy Called Christmas By Matt Haig

Published: 12th November 2015

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 266

Format: Hardback (Purchased via Owlcrate Jnr Box)

RRP: $14.99

4/5 Stars 

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?


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.

A Boy Called Christmas is a super sweet and festive narrative for kids (and adults) of all ages that explains the so called history of how Santa came to be the figure we all love and adore now.The narrative itself is not only super cute, but it is hilarious at times (plenty of toilet humour for the young at heart) and it packs an unexpected emotional punch too that is sure to see readers of all ages racing through its pages.

Positioning itself as the so called ‘true’ history of the big fat jolly man who brightens lives every December, the narrative takes each reader on a journey of discovery as we venture with Nikolas across Finland and into the heart of Elfhelm, a mythical and magical place where elves, pixies and trolls run amok away from the prying eyes of humans. In many ways it’s a coming of age story for Nikolas who has had a hard life and learns who he truly is and what the value of family and love really mean. It’s a story of unlikely friendships between a poor boy, a mouse, a reindeer named Blitzen and a village of downtrodden elves who are struggling to find their Christmas Spirit. But perhaps most importantly it’s a story about the unexpected and impossibility of life and the true meaning of Christmas and the Christmas Spirit. It’s heart warming and a fantastic read.

One feature I particularly loved about this book was the cameo’s made by well known Christmas figures (i.e. the reindeer etc) and the way we get little glimpses at how today’s much loved traditions came to be what they are. For example, How Father Christmas’ name came to be, where the idea for presents delivered by Santa came from and where the suit itself came from. This feature of the book actually made me take a step back and reevaluate everything I took for granted about Christmas and question it’s origins and it’s made this Christmas in turn all that much more special.

To be honest I read A Boy Called Christmas  in two hours and was blown away by the detail in the story and all the beautiful illustrations scattered through the book. I highly recommend this  festive tale for kids of all ages – and adults too who have lost their Christmas Spirit for this book is sure to find it in a heartbeat. I for one can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel: A Girl Who Saved Christmas (released 3rd November 2016).



To purchase a copy of A Boy Called Christmas, visit the following online retailers:

Angus & Robertson’s BookworldBook Depository | Booktopia | QBD | Wordly |

To learn more about Matt Haig, visit the following social media sites:

Matt Haig’s Website | FacebookGoodreads | Twitter |




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