Haig, Matt A Boy Called Christmas, with illustrations by Chris Mould, 236 pgs. Penguin Random House, 2015. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (peril, fairy creature deaths)
Eleven-year-old Nikolas, tired of being ill treated by his Aunt, runs away to find his father who had joined a search party looking for the magical village of Elfhelm, far to the north. Taking a mouse with him, and meeting a reindeer along the way, eventually Nikolas is discovered by elves who take him (against the Elf rules apparently) to the village themselves and try to protect him from their mean ruler Father Vodol. Nikolas escapes and tries to right the wrong his father committed, and becomes the hero of Elfhelm in the process.
The story of how ordinary Nikolas (nicknamed Christmas by his father) became the magical Santa is full of boy humor (tough talk, dumb jokes, impossible situations) Christmas (elves, snow, toys) and suspense. A funny Holiday read, but not really a “Christmas Classic”
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