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TanjaMaFi

vor 12 Monaten

Get to know Father Christmas!

Who is Father Christmas? Where did he come from and who is the boy behind the man we all impatiently wait for every year?

With A Boy Called Christmas Matt Haig shows us that nothing is quite impossible and introduces us to a good-hearted and loving boy who might just be the personification of Christmas. Accompany Nikolas on his adventure through the snow and enjoy this heart-warming, funny tale in the final Let's Read in English discussion this year.

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More about the book 
You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and a boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic. From the winner of The Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. With illustrations by Chris Mould. 

More about the author
Matt Haig was born in Sheffield and grew up in Spain and Great Britain. He worked as a journalist for many well-known newspapers like The Guardian, The Sunday Times or The Independent. His first novel came out in 2004. Since then he has published a number of novels for adults and children.

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Autor: Matt Haig
Buch: A Boy Called Christmas

TanjaMaFi

vor 12 Monaten

1st section: An Ordinary Boy to The End of Magic

As the story begins we get to know Nikolas and his father. How do you like them? Can you understand Joel's actions?

TanjaMaFi

vor 12 Monaten

2nd section: Father Topo and Little Noosh to The Search

Welcome to Elfhelm! What do you find most interesting about it? Are the elves like you imagined them?

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MrsFraser

vor 11 Monaten

3rd section: The Elf Boy to the End
@Sakuko

I can only agree with all you say. The pee on people thingy I already critized in the last section.
That it took Nikolas 62 years to realize his purpose, or 51 after arriving in Elfhelm, also seems quite long, given the obvious signs all around him. Makes him appear a bit slow-witted.
And I can agree with your opinion on the drawings, too. The grown-up Nikolas looks nothing like Father Christmas to me. That‘s a shame, regarding how close the book strived to be to the common picture of Santa Clause.

MrsFraser

vor 11 Monaten

3rd section: The Elf Boy to the End

Anyone but me wondering why Joel and the other men did not simply ask one or two of the elves to accompany them to the king? They are so friendly (or have been), surely they would have been glad to help. And after saying Hello they could have gone back home... This whole scenario with the child abduction is too constructed in my opinion and I‘m sure another explanation for Joels absence and another possibility for Nikolas to prove his good heart would have worked, too.

And no, I am not curious about Amelia. I‘m sure she is The Girl who Saved Christmas, but next year I will choose another Christmas company rather than Matt Haig, I‘m sorry. :( What kept me going with Nikolas was how the popular legends, like going through the chimney, are introduced and explained. I cannot imagine this aspect being present in a sequel.

MrsFraser

vor 11 Monaten

Your favorite Christmas tradition

Ich mag das Weihnachtsbaum-Schmücken, das wir jetzt mit unseren Kindern zusammen zelebrieren und auch etwas vorgezogen haben, damit wir uns alle länger an dem Baum erfreuen können. Der Besuch des Essener Weihnachtsmarktes mit Erstehung (mindestens) eines neuen Teils für den Baum ist ebenso Muss und Teil des Pakets.

Fornika

vor 11 Monaten

Review

https://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Matt-Haig/A-Boy-Called-Christmas-1365687340-w/rezension/1517668495/

Marco_Fleghun

vor 11 Monaten

Review

Hier ist meine Rezension:

https://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Matt-Haig/A-Boy-Called-Christmas-1365687340-w/rezension/1517701133/

MrsFraser

vor 11 Monaten

Review

Here's mine:
https://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Matt-Haig/A-Boy-Called-Christmas-1365687340-w/rezension/1518493678/

MrsFraser

vor 11 Monaten

Which scene did you like the most? Which did you dislike?

I'm sorry, but there was no scene I really 'liked'. But I found some scenes more 'interesting' than others, namely when the 'Santa Clause flair' shone through: when Nikolas meets Blitzen, when Rudolf is mentioned for the first time, when Nikolas travels through a chimney for the first time, when 'Naughty and Nice'-lists are introduced. These scenes kept me going and where my little highlights. Especially since I was reading this book at Christmas.
What I disliked was the sometimes boyish humor: Blitzen peeing on passengers, heads exploding and brain splattering everywhere - that was not my cup of tea.

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