A Boy Called Christmas Movie Tie-In Edition Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Roald Dahl meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper about the boy who would one day be Santa Claus, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Midnight Library.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristen Wiig, Maggie Smith and Henry Lawfull!
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 Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig.
"Irresistibly readable.Destined to become a Christmas and anytime-before-or-after-Christmas classic!" (Chris Grabenstein, New York Times best-selling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library)
“The definitive (and funny) history of ho, ho, ho! My children loved it.” (Yann Martel, best-selling author of Life of Pi)
“The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades.” (Stephen Fry)
"Humorous and heartfelt, A Boy Called Christmas will grow your heart three sizes and make you believe in magic." (Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times best-selling author of Rump)
"Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories.” (Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard Book)
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 25 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 01, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #96,338 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#25 in Audiobooks on Christmas for Children
#790 in Humorous Fiction for Children
#813 in Children's Christmas Books (Books)
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I wish I had read the negative reviews before purchasing, as this book is just completely full of negativity. When we started out, I liked the idea of Santa Claus overcoming hardships, but it soon became more than mere hardship; it was truly depressing.
I continued reading hoping it would take an upturn, but it didn’t.
SPOILERS: His horrible (for no apparent reason) aunt destroyed the one item in the world he cherished in a rather sickening manner, there was a sociopathic pixie who talked about how much she loved making heads explode (there is an actual head explosion in the book, described in gory detail), Blizten enjoyed peeing on people (unnecessary and childish humor, which I found confusing as the author clearly wanted to deal some incredibly mature and horrible blows of reality throughout), his father (his hero and a man whom he had always admired) kidnapped an elf for money, a troll nearly strangled him to death, his father committed suicide right before his eyes, etc.
Ultimately, the only reason I kept reading was so we could finally get to the good stuff where he becomes Santa Claus. We felt the payoff at the very end was not nearly as cheery as it needed to be in order to make the rest of the book worth it.
We DO NOT recommend this book.
The book is well-written, don't get me wrong. But you don't feel good after you put it down. Maybe that's what the author wanted? Maybe they wanted something "deeper" therefore they chose the most depressing way to go about it.
Top reviews from other countries
Nikolas met two Elves, Father Topo and Little Noosh who showed him the city of Elfhelm, on arriving the Elves were very unhappy Father Vodel had banned nearly everything and Nikolas was put in jail, he heard that an Elf Little Kip had been kidnapped by his father and other men, Sebastian a Troll tried to eat Nikolas but the Truth Pixie stopped it, the story continues with his escape from jail and all his many adventures with the Elves, can Nikolas bring back happiness to the Elves and what is the special job he would be needed for
My verdict, excellent childrens story, worth reading
It’s the perfect book for adults to read their young ones at Christmas (or just if you want a bit of Christmas cheer at this time of year!), with an exciting world for children to imagine and experience, and plenty of added humour for parents to enjoy at the same time. I really enjoyed Haig’s Dad-humour, as well as the beautiful illustrations by Chris Mould.
My boys are possibly a little young for this book at the minute, but it’s definitely one that I look forward to them reading in a few years. The new film adaptation on Sky didn’t quite leave me with the same magical feeling that the book did, but it’s still an exciting adventure for the family to enjoy together.
A good collection of very different characters to engage the reader and show diversity. The main character's 'goodness' shines through and makes for happy reading. Should I have read this with a child, I imagine there would be plenty to discuss and chat about.
There were times that I felt the story sagged a little and slowed down on pace, but this did not affect me finishing it and I would read another story by this author again.