ARC REVIEW: Father Christmas & Me – by Matt Haig

Title: Father Christmas And Me
(Christmas #3)
Author: Matt Haig
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction
First published: October 12th 2018
Publisher: Canongate Books
Finished reading: September 4th 2018
Pages: 304

“You see, Elfhelm is a magical place, and to see magical places you have to believe in magic. And the type of humans who draw all the maps are the people least likely to believe in magic.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Canongate Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I know Christmas is still far away, but I just HAD to request a copy of this title when I saw it on NG a while back. There was something about the illustrations that caught my attention, and I’m definitely glad I was granted a copy. What a delightful Christmas-themed story! Father Christmas And Me is perfect for the middle grade target group, and I can see this story both being the perfect gift to put under the tree for the younger readers and a wonderful read to bring out that Christmas spirit closer towards the Holidays. I didn’t realize beforehand that this is actually the third book of a series, but thankfully I was still able to enjoy this story as a stand-alone as the characters have a completely new adventure in Father Christmas And Me. That said, judging this third book and how wonderful it is, I’m sure the other books are worth your time as well. With an interesting plot, a relatable main character they can see themselves in and just enough action to keep them invested in the story, I’m positive this will be a hit for any middle grade reader looking for that Christmas spirit. It has elves, it has rabbits, it has a magical setting and a bad guy to be defeated. The illustrations brought a smile to my face and I had a wonderful time reading following Amelia and her cat Captain Soot around. All in all a perfect Christmas family read.


Amelia has recently moved to Elfhelm, with her now adoptive parents and the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. She has been hard time fitting in as one of the only humans among the elves… Especially since she doesn’t have any magic and seems to fail just about every class in Elf School. But there are more important struggles around the corner, as someone might be trying to sabotage Christmas again… Using Amelia to turn the elves against Father Christmas. Will she be able to unravel the truth in time?


Christmas time or not, I still had an excellent time reading this one. Father Christmas And Me would be such a wonderful read together with the younger ones to pump up that Christmas spirit close to the Holidays! The illustrations fit the text wonderfully and definitely add a little something. The plot itself is interesting without being too complicated to follow and I think the target group will be able to relate to Amelia very easily. Entertaining, endearing and without doubt worth the read.


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    • Pssst I’m actually not a Christmas person either. 😉 Being a Dutchie means I grew up with Sinterklaas, which is celebrated on December 5th, and Christmas was just for family dinners and have some decoration up but only after December 5th. It’s never been my favorite holiday, and now I live in Argentina and have to ‘celebrate’ Christmas with 30+°C temperatures in the middle of summer, I just can’t be bothered haha. I still put up a tree, but it just feels all wrong and the food I was used for is just too much for the hot weather. xD

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      • ah , hahahaha.. yeah, xmas in heat isn’t quite the same 😀 I think I have a set of fairy lights along the bookshelf all year long, so once December rolls around I just plug them in and bingo, decorating done 😀 I used to try and put effort ito the tree and all this other shebang but thought, bleh, for who? I care not… I do cook a meal though on xmas day but it’s more like a here’s a fancier dinner for a day, don’t ask me to slave away in the kitchen again for the next 12 months 😀

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      • That totally makes sense! I do put up a tree, but it’s a small one and mostly for my niece and nephews… And I actually cook less during Christmas time, because it’s too hot to eat to much and the tradition is to do a bbq… I made desserts before, but everybody is too full to eat them, so no longer. 😉


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