Book Review: A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

“An impossibility is just a possibility you don’t understand yet.”

Published in 2015, A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig tells the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this book is FULL of impossible things.


A Boy Called Christmas is a delightful and exciting festive read. Telling the origin story of how Santa Clause came to be the man we know him as today, the story follows a fun adventure filled with all the magic of family and Christmas, with a heartwarming message about hope and the joys of spreading kindness.

It’s the perfect book for adults to read their young ones at Christmas (or just if you want a bit of Christmas cheer at this time of year!), with an exciting world for children to imagine and experience, and plenty of added humour for parents to enjoy at the same time. I really enjoyed Haig’s Dad-humour, as well as the beautiful illustrations by Chris Mould.

My boys are possibly a little young for this book at the minute, but it’s definitely one that I look forward to them reading in a few years. The new film adaptation on Sky didn’t quite leave me with the same magical feeling that the book did, but it’s still an exciting adventure for the family to enjoy together.

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