Saturday, December 17, 2016

A New Classic Christmas Tale

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.

I promised to do two things before the end of the year; I said I would post the list of top 2016 reads (which I have yet to do) and I said if A Boy Called Christmas arrived in time to review before Christmas Day, I would review it.

Well I'll be damned if RandomHouse didn't expedite shipping and get me the audiobook in record time. It arrived late last night and for the first time since I was a child, I have an audio Christmas story to listen to just before Christmas.

My first thought upon popping in disc one was-My god, I never knew I needed Stephen Fry to read me a Christmas tale. I absolutely love his story telling abilities and he has done a marvelous job with A Boy Called Christmas. I'm practically swooning over here.

Matt Haig's Christmas tale is simply wonderful. It's heart-wrenchingly sweet and for the first time in years I find myself wishing I still believed. Christmas just loses its magic over the years and now that I have a child of my own I've done my best to bring some holiday cheer into our home while secretly wishing it would be over already. 

Matt Haig's story has truly put me in the mood for the holidays. It's a new twist on an old tale with unexpected characters and a story that will stay with you every Christmas season.

I'm slightly sad I don't have a printed version as well to see the artwork I've heard so much about. I may pick up a copy just to have a look and save it for when my son is older. 

We sat by our artificial fireplace all morning, eating Christmas cookies and listening to Nicholas's adventure and it was a fantastic way to spend the day. I believe we'll listen again the closer it gets to Christmas and I will definitely be sharing this audiobook with his grandparents.

A Boy Called Christmas is a must read/listen this Christmas season and it will certainly become a yearly tradition in our home.

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