A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Thank you to Canongate Books for the invitation to join the readalong for A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. I’m sharing my thoughts today.


Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper. Soon to be a Netflix film! 

Eleven-year-old Nikolas–nicknamed Christmas–has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents who love him. 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 Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould.

My thoughts:

Regular readers of my blog will know that I rarely read and review books for children. However, I personally believe that this is a book for all ages, celebrating the magic of Christmas.

At a time of year when the TV adverts are encouraging families to get into debt by spending vast amounts of money on gifts, this is a timely reminder about the true meaning of giving a gift, about kindness and happiness, and doing the right thing.

This new edition of the book is to celebrate the film tie – in, so if you have a streaming service you may find the Studio Canal movie available to watch.

However, I would suggest reading the book first, to enjoy the magic of the story and also the illustrations by Chris Mould. A lovely book to read a few pages from each night with children of all ages and one I’m happy to recommend.

Author Bio:

Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist.


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.


  1. What a wonderful review! I’ve seen this movie floating around but didn’t want to jump in before I got to the book first.. Now I’m really glad I waited!
    Thank you for sharing this, Karen, I can’t wait to read it!

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      1. You’re very welcome. I’m sure I’ll be able to find a copy of it around but I’ll still be checking out Asda(?.. I’ve never heard of it.
        Thank you and I hope have a beautiful week!

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