As well as being a number one best-selling writer for adults, Matt Haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, The Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal for his stories for children and young adults. The idea for the A Boy Called Christmas series came when his son asked what Father Christmas was like as a boy.
Journey to the Edge of Magic
If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.
©2016 Matt Haig (P)2016 Canongate Books
I have read a couple of books by Matt Haig and eagerly awaited this publication. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed. I hoped to play the book to a six year old girl, and listened to it myself first. In fairness, I have not played it to her, nor will I.
Quite early on in the book we are faced with the death of a young girls mother, and Matt does an excellent job in taking us through this grief... But us that even an idea that I want to install in a six year old head? Not at Christmas, anyway. An amusing story follows with Father Christmas having a few troubles with elves and trolls and the like. There are a few clever references, interesting characters and funny anecdotes. The story switches between 2 or 3 sub stories in the way many recent popular adult novels do, but is this easy for a child to follow? I had lost some interest by the time I reached the conclusion.
There are better books for children at Christmas and better adults books but this author. On this occasion I don't think the two mixed too well.
Perfect narration and a wonderful tale. Cannot recommend highly enough. Suitable for all ages from 6 upwards.
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