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Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig is another book for his Christmas series (The Girl Who Saved Christmas, A Boy Called Christmas). Amelia Wishart is adopted by Father Christmas and Mary Christmas and goes to live in Elfhelm with her cat Captain Soot. This book is so fun because it’s written for older kids, (and adults will love it too). The age range they suggest is 9 – 11 years.
Amelia is finding it hard to fit into living in Elfhelm, because,well…she’s not at elf. She finds that elves have a lot of different ways of doing things. Math, is really different in Elfhelm. What if you were in an elf class and asked what 2 plus 2 is. You take a moment thinking that the question is just too easy and you answer 4. Then the whole class starts laughing and an elf tells you the answer is actually “snow”.
Telling time is very different in Elfhelm as well. When Amelia is asked to be at the Toy Workshop at “Very Early Indeed” she knows that this is a favorite time of the elves, but she’s not really looking forward to starting a work shift at this hour.
The word “impossible” is a word that Father Christmas cannot accept. Mary even explains that it’s like using a swear word. On one rough day after a bad day at school, Amelia can’t help herself and starts saying it over and over and over. This is an important word to remember, as even Father Christmas becomes so disheartened that he starts to think the situation is “impossible” and Amelia needs to make things right.
The one thing that Amelia does feel good about is her ability to drive a sleigh. She awaits her chance, but finds out that she will have to go through a waiting period before she is given the chance. So one day, she finds that she can give it a try, but the only sleigh left is the brand new, Blizzard 360. A very expensive and special single reindeer sleigh. After alot of hesitation, she is permitted to fly the sleigh and that’s when the trouble begins.
Amelia’s cat, Captain Soot wants to go everywhere with Amelia so she jumped inside the sleigh when Amelia wasn’t looking. They are up in the air, and Captain Soot decides to surprise her. Well, the surprise is indeed surprising and that starts a path of adventures that have elves wondering if they can really trust humans.
The book illustrations are again created by Chris Mould and add a wonderful life to this adventurous story. This book will be a great addition to your holiday library, and kids young and old will enjoy this story for years to come. Happy holidays!
Disclosure: Thank you to Canongate Books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
You can purchase your own copy of Father Christmas and Me here: https://www.amazon.com/Father-Christmas-Me-Matt-Haig/dp/1786890682/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544289887&sr=8-1&keywords=father+christmas+and+me
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