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A Boy Called Christmas, by Matt Haig (audiobook read by Stephen Fry)

Nikolas is a young boy in Finland. His mother is dead and his father leaves him with his horrendous aunt. He goes on an adventure to find his father alongside his faithful mouse friend Mika, meeting a reindeer called Blitzen along the way…
A Boy Called Christmas is a wonderful Christmas story for children (and grown ups!)
Imagine you are an elf. The word ‘impossible’ is a swearword. Belief, faith and perseverance are crucial. Yet poor Nikolas, a human boy, needs to face the impossible when he goes on a journey through the snow and ice, meeting elves along the way. Magic, talking animals and mythical creatures combine to make a spellbinding story underpinned by the festive season.
Nikolas’ physical and emotional journey lead to the creation of Father Christmas as he challenges the impossible. The tone of the book is brilliantly light despite some elements of danger, fear and grief. Emotion is woven through the plot and character development. But never fear: there is some festive toilet humour too!
Having spent years watching Stephen Fry on TV, I loved hearing him narrate this book. However I did have to increase the speed of the book to 2.5x to match it with the speed with which Stephen usually speaks. The chatty style of writing is wonderfully and warmly read. Now I want to find the movie!
A Boy Called Christmas is uplifting, warm and delightfully festive with an important message about the importance of family and the true meaning of Christmas.

A Boy Called Christmas book cover

Book blurb
The first magical book in Matt Haig’s festive series – now a major new film!
You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas.
If you believe that some things are impossible, you should stop considering listening right away. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still there? Good.
Then let us begin….
A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow and an 11-year-old boy called Nikolas who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.
From the winner of the Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book award.

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