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Publisher's Summary

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. 

©2016 Matt Haig (P)2016 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"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)

"Like stockings hung by the fire, this spellbinding opus may well become a yuletide tradition." (Kirkus)

"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)

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Wonderful magical story!

My 10 year old and I loved this story! We read or listened to multiple Christmas stories this year that we enjoyed —-such as when Santa fell to the earth. But this book “A boy called Christmas” was by far our favorite. It was truly magical!!!

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JUST EXCELLENT!

I really cannot express how delightful and insightful this story is. Fun to listen to, subtle lessons taught. A MUST to listen to.

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  • 12-26-17

Phenomenal story

We absolutely loved A Boy Named Christmas! It was engaging and a beautifully written new take on an old story. My middle schooler and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Great!

OMG, what a cute story for anyone who loves Christmas! I enjoyed it alone, but it would be a great family listen as well. If I could give 6 stars to the narration, I would, Stephen Fry could not have been a better choice for this amazing piece of work. I will likely listen to it every year!

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wonderful

We loved it! We listened to a few chapters a night and my kids (10-14) always asked for "just 10 more minutes!" The narrator is wonderful - easy to understand and does great character voices.

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Adorable holiday story!

This story is fantastic! Great holiday read! Grab your hot cocoa and a candy cane, and get ready to giggle and laugh!

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Amazing

This has got to be one of my all time favourite Christmas stories. Full of wonder, surprise, heartfelt, yet some sadness and despair.

Stephen Fry brings life to the book with his as usual, great theatrical voicing of the story.

First time I heard the book was with my younger son and he loved it. We listened to it again this year with the rest of the family and it was just as wonderful the second time around.

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Wonderful Book

Our family, adults to elementary aged kids, loved this book. A warm story and excellent performance.

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Family Christmas Tradition

Our family listened to this for the first time last year (2019) when my kids were 6 and 9 years old. We all absolutely loved it, and my oldest suggested we listen to it every year at Christmastime. So, we started again at the beginning of Advent this year, and have just finished again. Still just as enjoyable as the first time! Well done all around. Story, narrator, everything!

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Fantastic!

I got this book on a recommendation from Sarah at Read Aloud Revival. My kids (ages 5, 7, & 9) and I listened to it on a road trip and didn't want to stop the car! Like another review said, it's reminiscent of Roald Dahl writing, and the narration is very entertaining. I laughed right along with the kids. I have a feeling we'll be listening to this again soon!