A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Published December 22, 2021

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Book info

  • Title A Boy Called Christmas
  • Author Matt Haig
  • Year 2015
  • Genres Childrens, Christmas

BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE. You are about to read the TRUE STORY of Father Christmas. If you believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. (Because this book is FULL of impossible things.) Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin . . .


I read this because we watched the film, and it was exactly what I expected - a really good children’s book with some excellent illustrations. It reminded me very much of Roald Dahl in the best possible ways. The film stuck very closely to the book to start with, just a few tweaks here and there, but the ending was quite different. In the book, Nikolas well and truly becomes Father Christmas with the big beard and belly and laugh and older. In the film, he’s still a kid when he has his big idea. The book makes more sense on that front, but I say it’s worth enjoying both!

Rating: 5 / 5

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