Matt Haig writes books for all ages from this Christmas series for the older elementary reader to adult books. The Christmas series tells the story of Father Christmas AKA Santa Claus. The Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas to me read more for the older reader. I’m thinking mid to upper elementary. If your younger bookworm wants to read these books I suggest reading them yourself first to decide if they are a-okay for your child. I would have given these to my 3rd grader if they had come out at the time since she was already reading a collection of Grimms fairy tales, these 2 books would have been right up her alley. There are some intense times through out both books and some sensitive readers might find it a bit scary. For me personally I LOVED these books! They were funny at times, a bit dark and creepy at times – thinking Tim Burton would have a hay day with making these into movies. I loved that the darker parts were a bit Dickens -esque , I mean have you read some of the Victorian classics they are dark even the kids books are. I loved reading what could possibly be the read story of Father Christmas I mean who knows what he went through to become the great guy that we all still talk about. 🙂 The Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas would be a fun set of books to read this holiday season. Pop some popcorn, make some cocoa, snuggle under the blankets and get wrapped up in some great holiday reading!
The Boy Called Christmas
by Matt Haig – illustrated by Chris Mould
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. . . .
The Girl Who Saved Christmas
by Matt Haig – illustrated by Chris Mould
Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. It was herChristmas spirit that gave Santa the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world. But now Amelia is in trouble.
When her mother falls ill, she is sent to the workhouse to toil under cruel Mr. Creeper. For a whole year, Amelia scrubs the floors and eats watery gruel, without a whiff of kindness to keep her going. It’s not long before her hope begins to drain away.
Meanwhile, up at the North Pole, magic levels dip dangerously low as Christmas approaches, and Santa knows that something is gravely wrong. With the help of his trusty reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens, he sets out to find Amelia, the only girl who might be able to save Christmas. But first Amelia must learn to believe again. . . .
Thank you so much Penguin Random House for sending me copies of these great books. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
If you and your bookworm really love these 2 as much as I did you might want to check out their other one called Father Christmas and Me. These one looks like it might have been a England or Europe only release. I wish I could have read it right along with these 2 books. I might have to nab a copy since it sounds just as great as the others.
LET THE BATTLE FOR CHRISTMAS BEGIN
It isn’t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.
For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs everyday – even in July – and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold.
But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it’s too late . . .