A Boy Called Christmas , Matt Haig , illustrated by Chris Mould
I've started off with a new story, read in one greedy gulp on the train to Newcastle. Nikolas is a lonely boy
until circumstances force him to leave his home and travel to try and find his father. He makes friends with a mouse and a reindeer and is thrown into jail by elves before redeeming himself to them and being renamed Father Christmas. This is an utterly delightful reading experience, from the glitter on the cover and the humour within to the amusing, clever illustrations. It would be a perfect book for a December daily read aloud session with kids and they would be spellbound I'm sure. I loved the description of crackers - "Better than exploding trolls heads!" - given by the truth fairy! I will be treasuring my copy and hoping to get it signed by both the author and the illustrator at some point.