Author(s): Matt Haig; Chris Mould (Illustrator)
2018 Odyssey Honor
2018 ALSC Notable Children's Recording
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 and illustrator Chris Mould.
"Irresistibly readable. Destined to become a Christmas and anytime-before-or-after-Christmas classic " --Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
"The definitive (and funny) history of ho, ho, ho My children loved it." --Yann Martel, bestselling 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 bestselling 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
Shortlisted for Sheffield Children's Book Award 2016.
A new festive classic -- SIMON MAYO The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story for decades -- STEPHEN FRY Read it! * SUNDAY TIMES * Terrific ... an instant classic * GUARDIAN * Perfect for Christmas in every way * INDEPENDENT * A glorious mix of fairytale, folklore and fun -- FRANCESCA SIMON The Christmas book of the year * THE SUN * Matt Haig puts the Happy back into Christmas -- JEANETTE WINTERSON Every bit as funny and poignant as a mouse that has never seen cheese but still believes in it! -- FRANK COTTRELL BOYCE The funny (and heartbreaking) history of Ho, ho, ho! My children loved it too -- YANN MARTEL Will do for Father Christmas what Christopher Nolan did for Batman * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * It will delight adults and children alike and has future classic written all over it * THE BOOKSELLER *
As well as being a No. 1 bestselling writer for adults, Matt Haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, The Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal for his stories for children and young adults. Chris Mould went to art school at the age of sixteen. He has won the Nottingham Children's Book Award and been commended by the Sheffield Children's Book Award. He loves his work and likes to write and draw the kind of books that he would have liked to have had on his shelf as a boy. He is married with two children and lives in Yorkshire.