Sarah’s note: If you’re into Roald Dahl, you’ll enjoy this. It’s a made-up story of Santa Claus as a child. There’s not basis here of the real St. Nick or any historically accurate information- just made up, fantastical fun. Also, it’s secular- there are no religious references at all. I thought it was laugh-out-loud funny, but if you find Roald Dahl’s books a bit vulgar or crass, just skip this one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! ;)
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.