A Boy called Christmas
Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. Still, he tries hard to believe in happiness, living with his father in the second smallest cottage in all of Finland. 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.
Matt Haig suffered a breakdown in his early twenties. After battling depression for a long time he turned to writing, and he now believes that reading and writing books saved his life. His novels include the bestsellers The Last Family in England, The Radleys and The Humans, which in Canada was a Costco Buyer’s Pick and has sold approximately 15,000 copies. His books have been translated into thirty languages. All his novels for adults have been optioned for film. Matt lives in York with his wife and their two children.
Chris Mould went to art school at the age of sixteen. He has won a Nottingham Children’s Book Award and been commended by the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards. He loves his work and likes to write and draw the kind of books he would have liked to have had on his shelf as a boy. He is married with two children and lives in Yorkshire.
“The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades.” —Stephen Fry
“Like stockings hung by the fire, this spellbinding opus may well become a yuletide tradition.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“There’s plenty to please fans of Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket, and Adam Gidwitz: offbeat humor with the ultimate satisfaction of overcoming the impossible, helping humanity, and achieving one’s dreams. A popular choice for Christmas or year round.” - School Library Journal
“Perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas, and Mould’s scratchy ink-pen illustrations bring charm and humor to the page. Misguided elves, a mouse that unflaggingly believes in the existence of cheese, and flying reindeer (naturally) all unite under one boy’s faith in the impossible. A heartwarming holiday adventure.” - Booklist
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