Monday, December 12, 2016

A Boy Called Christmas

Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper.

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 cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould.

My thoughts: This one is kind of a fun little story, even though it is nothing like the actual legend of St. Nick.;) Written in the style of Lemony Snicket, I recommend this story for readers who are a wee bit older, since some of the humor strikes me as being for older children, like 9-10 on up. If you enjoy A Series of Unfortunate Events, then you will love this story of a boy who holds on to hope and kindness even when the world disappoints.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I just finished this book last night! I very much enjoyed it and thought it was like a warm Christmas hug. I thought the surprising death was a bit unnecessary and a lot darker than the rest of the book, but the rest was a fun and quirky explanation of Father Christmas and all his traditions :)