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A Boy Called Christmas

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The film was released on 26 November 2021 in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and China, by StudioCanal, [2] while Netflix released the film elsewhere, [3] on 24 November 2021. Chainani works an elaborate sea change akin to Gregory Maguire’s Wicked (1995), though he leaves the waters muddied. Every four years, two children, one regarded as particularly nice and the other particularly nasty, are snatched from the village of Gavaldon by the shadowy School Master to attend the divided titular school.

When he finally catches up with his dad, there are some honest unglossed truths about how parents disappoint their kids – and the film has semi-unsentimental things to say about grief too. BOOK OF THE MONTH - A heart-warming and hilarious story told in 25 chapters, perfect for the countdown to Christmas.Launched to coincide with World Book Day 2020, this brilliant new story from bestselling author Matt Haig, features Evie from Evie and the Animals alongside illustrations by the award-winning Emily Gravett. A deal was completed in May 2016 for the book to be adapted into film by Blueprint Pictures and StudioCanal. Illustrator Chris Mould deserves a special mention: his vibrant, inky drawings bring the characters and the world of the story to visual life and create extra layers of humour. Soon Nikolas encounters a reindeer he names Blitzen, after the lake where they meet, and finds his father’s hat, a rather distinctive red affair with a white bobble on top. His father also meets a dramatic, violent death, after he's participated in the kidnapping and imprisonment of an elf boy.

Matt Haigis the author of the internationally bestselling memoirReasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet, along with six novels, including How To Stop Time, and several award-winning children’s books. Matt Haig's Santa origin story may not be every kid's Christmas dish, what with its mix of dead parents, exploding troll heads, greedy kidnappers, and reindeer pee among the uplifting messages.

Nikolas goes back to the kingdom one night and he shows himself to the King, offering one of the toys. During the journey, Nikolas learns that Miika has learned to speak and this provides hope in continuing his quest. Nikolas helps him and names him Blitzen, and they continue their journey to the elf village together. Then we join Nikolas as he sets off with his cute mouse companion on an epic quest to find the fabled elf village.

Nikolas shows selfless courage when he rescues an elf boy kidnapped by greed-driven humans, and there are frequently repeated messages about goodwill, kindness, and how the joy of giving and belief in magic make everything better -- "Papa, please. You might have guessed by now that Nikolas is on more than just a physical, or even an emotional journey. Red and green were never side by side, none of the elves had striped socks and there weren’t any bells at the ends of hats! The unspeakable thing she does to his only toy – a doll carved out of an old turnip – is a genius stroke of kids’ writing.I wrote this story to cheer myself up,” Matt wrote on Instagram when he saw the movie’s poster (see below). It’s a wonderful adventure, exciting, often very funny though not without its darker moments, and never sentimental. It’s a dangerous trek and Nikolas faces many obstacles but he eventually discovers Elfheim, which is only found through true faith. He’s a very sad king, with a sad kingdom, so he challenges people to find happiness and bring it back," says Jim, 72, delighted that the role gave him his first flight on a reindeer.

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