A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig and Chris Mould Review

 

Title: A Boy Called Christmas

Author: Matt Haig and Chris Mould

Publisher: Canongate

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25882558-a-boy-called-christmas?ac=1&from_search=true

Genre: Christmas, fantasy, middle-grade

Synopsis:

This is a story of a young boy called Nikolas and how he became Father Christmas. A story that reveals the true meaning of Christmas.

Style of Writing:

The style was very personal in the way he draws you into the story through your own ideas of Christmas. Not only that but he has such a wonderful style of describing things in the world Christmas that makes it so much more magical. The way its written is beautiful and for me it feels like audiobook being narrated by someone like Stephen Fry it has that sort of comfort and homeliness to it.

Themes:

Obviously the theme of Christmas is just insanely magical and filled with wonder in the book. The theme of family is very much about the hardships of those relationships. Also the closeness and the coming together of family was approached in a very mature way which I loved as it gave more of a appeal to the adults reading. The theme of equality through the elves and human situation was done with passion and relatability that it was a comment on the world today.

Characters:

My favourite would had to be Little Noosh the enchanting and brave elf that you just wanted to carry her around with you. Nikolas was a great character filled with wonder and intrigue but also warm and courageous. Blitzen a reindeer with such a personality and so loyal just wanted to continuously hug him. Father Topo what sweet and kind elf really enjoyed his character. Aunt Carlotta what horrible woman I absolutely hated her she did not care about anything. Father I could understand his position through the story but I did find him quite selfish at times.

Plot:

I loved the plot it had a great flow to it and kept the wonder of Christmas throughout. The way the two stories intertwined of the son and father was great because you never felt like it was one story it always felt like two individual stories.

My Thoughts:

I adored this book it was such cozy story filled with wonder and magic. The illustrations were stunning and mysterious at the same time. But also with the use of shading I felt like you got an emotion from each illustration. It was a fabulous read with some great life lessons for children and even for adults too.

5 stars

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