Review: A Boy Called Christmas (Christmas #1)


Title: A Boy Called Christmas (Christmas #1)
Author: Matt Haig
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased
Release Date: November 12, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


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.

What to read next:

  • The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Christmas #2) by Matt Haig

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  • The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig

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Have you read A Boy Called Christmas? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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