The Christmasaurus

The Christmasaurus

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

The Creakers

Synopsis:

This is a story about a boy named William Trundle and a dinosaur named the Christmasaurus.

It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible . . . 

Thoughts:

I’ve read Tom Fletcher (and Dougie Poynter’s) dinosaur children’s books before. I then read The Creakers as part of a kid-lit feature this year. It got near Christmas and I knew I wanted to read The Christmasaurus. I’m so pleased I did because it was a terrific festive read.

It centres around William Trundle who is a super dinosaur fan. A dinosaur is the only thing he’s asked Santa for, even though he knows they are extinct. William lives with his Dad who loves Christmas. William uses a wheelchair after an accident when he was younger. He’s bullied by an awful girl named Brenda Payne. Life is pretty hard for William. At the North Pole, Santa and his elves have come across a frozen dinosaur egg. They go to great lengths to hatch the egg. Santa knows about William’s desire to have a dinosaur, so he creates a dinosaur that looks just like the Christmasaurus. When Santa is packing up the sleigh, the real dinosaur hops in and the real adventure begins…

I really enjoyed this wonderful Christmas tale. There’s a lot of heart in the story. It carries such a sweet message, which is perfect for children and adults alike. For me, it didn’t quite match The Creakers, but it was a decent, festive read perfect for this time of year. I can imagine many children loving the story, especially those that love dinosaurs.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A lovely tale for Christmas time! Merry Christmas everyone!

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A Boy Called Christmas (Christmas #1)

A Boy Called Christmas

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

You are about to read 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.

Are you still reading?

Good.

Then let us begin . . .

A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an eleven-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.

Thoughts:

I promised myself that I’d binge read Matt Haig’s Christmas trilogy and that is exactly what I have done. Throughout this week, my reviews will be published on this wonderfully charming middle grade series.

A Boy Called Christmas is all about how Father Christmas became Father Christmas. It explores how a human ends up living with elves and how presents began to be delivered to every child across the world on Christmas Eve. It follows Nikolas as he travels through Finland to find his father who has gone on a quest to find a real Elf for the King. The story starts with Nikolas and his father who live in a small cottage. They don’t have much money and life can be a struggle at times. However, overall Nikolas is happy. When his father goes on the quest to find the Elf (and give them some much needed money) he is left alone with his terrible Aunt. Nikolas ends up leaving home to find his father. He isn’t aware that this trip is going to change his life forever.

Nikolas is such a fantastic character. I loved that his life wasn’t easy. Sometimes children’s books don’t focus or dwell on sad moments which is totally understandable. However, I think Nikolas and his struggles made him utterly relatable. He was a character that you instantly rooted for.

I knew that I’d love Matt Haig’s writing because I’ve read quite a few of his books. I didn’t expect it to be as charming as it was though. I loved how magical the story was. I don’t read a lot of Christmas books, but this one really did steal my heart. It had such a sweet message about being good to everyone and passing that goodness on. Certainly not a bad message for any time of year!

This book didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s so easy to read. The reader experiences many emotions as they discover how Nikolas became Father Christmas.

Look out for my review on Thursday of the second book in the series The Girl Who Saved Christmas. 

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A very charming Christmas read! The series gets better as it goes on, so look out for my review later in the week!