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Father Christmas and Me

(Christmas #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  89 reviews
It isn't always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.

For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs everyday - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold.

But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 12th 2017 by Canongate Books Ltd.
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Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The brave and courageous Amelia Wishart returns for another festive children's adventure, the final part of Matt Haig's imaginative trilogy with the wonderful illustrations of Chris Mould. Amelia is now living in Elfhelm, adopted by her new parents, Father Christmas and Mary Christmas who have got married, although trouble reared its ugly head at the wedding. Amelia is struggling to adjust and fit into her new life where the weather is blisteringly cold and icy. She has to attend Elf school wher ...more
"An impossibility is just a possibility you don't understand yet."

Matt Haig did it again! Another fabulous Christmas story from him! I absolutely loved Father Christmas And Me!
Amelia Wishart lives now in Elfhelm with Father Christmas and Mary, also known as Mother Christmas. You'd think life should be perfect for Amelia but it so not. Problem is Amelia is just too... human. Fitting in in the elves world is harder than you'd think. And being human she's also full of self doubt and constantly ques
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

A little over a year ago, I read “A Boy Called Christmas,” and earlier this month I read the second book in this series, “The Girl Who Saved Christmas” which was equally as charming, as fun, and as magical as his first. I knew I would love the third, and so I began “Father Christmas and Me” and it was no surprise to me that it was as charming as the first two.
This begins where the second book leaves off, and Amelia Wishart is now living with her new adoptive parents, Father Christmas a
Whispering Stories
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Stacey on

Father Christmas and Me, is the third book in a series of Christmas books by Matt Haig, with ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ and ‘The Girl who Saved Christmas’ being the first two.

In this story we get to meet Amelia Wishart, a young girl who feels that she doesn’t belong anywhere after the death of her mother and a father nowhere to be seen. With no-one to look after her, Amelia ended up at Mr. Jeremiah Creeper’s Workhouse. That was until Father Christmas
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hörbücher
Wunderschön! Das sind auch die beiden Vorgänger: aktuell, märchenhaft und zeitlos.
Ich liebe diese Reihe und Matt Haig als Autor. Er hat was zu sagen und zu erzählen, es lohnt sich, ihm zuzuhören.
The third book in the Father Christmas trilogy by Matt Haig is told by eleven-year-old Amelia Wishart. She and Mary Winter have come to live in Elfhelm after Amelia helped saved Christmas last year.

But not all the elves are happy about having more humans in their midst and Father Vodol is up to his old tricks once again. He is publishing his own newspaper, The Daily Truth, which he is using to spread lies. He wants to about build a wall from sea to sea to keep humans out and plans to LOCK HER U
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kinder, weihnachten
Wunderschöner Abschluss der Weihnachtstrilogie: viel Abenteuer, aber auch viel Herz <3

Das Gute im Herzen anderer zu sehen ist nicht immer einfach: Gerüchte und Lügen verbreiten sich schnell, gerade wenn man sich die Gesellschaft von früher und auch leider immer noch in der heutigen Zeit anschaut: "Die anderen" haben immer mit Vorurteilen zu kämpfen.

Diesem Thema nimmt sich Matt Haig hier in seiner bezaubernden Weihnachtsgeschichte kindgerecht an. Auch wenn der Klappentext etwas falsche Erwartu
Lili  Marcus
After being saved by Father Christmas in London, Amelia Wishart and her cat, Captain Soot went to live in Elfhelm with Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. Elfhelm is a place hidden from human world and where elves and fairies and even trolls live. But this place isn't all charming for Amelia. The elves can't seem to accept her and she finds it hard to belong. But aside from that, a darker thing is upon Elfhelm, making hope dwindle. An old elf and Easter Bunny threaten not only Amelia's life in ...more
Anina Partanen
Tärkein ensin: Suomi mainittu, vieläpä useaan otteeseen! Torille!

Joulupukki ja minä päättää Matt Haigin valloittavan joulutrilogian - ei loisteliaasti, mutta ihan kelvolla tavalla. Sanotaan nyt, että kolmen ja puolen tähden arvoisesti. Kirja lähtee hitaanpuoleisesti liikkeelle, eikä tarina myöhemminkään tempaa samalla tavalla mukaansa kuin sarjan aiemmissa osissa, vaikka vauhtia ja vaaratilanteita jälleen piisaakin. Lisäksi suomennoksessa on harmillisia huolimattomuusvirheitä.

Kirjassa käsitellää
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exactly what I needed at this time of the year!

Matt has done it again! I can't even begin to describe how wonderfully the story wrapped up. I am quite sad it's over but I am sure all Matt will write in the future will be amazing as well!
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a perfect way to end this trilogy! And in some metaphorical way it describes what's happening today: populism, division, and general skepticism towards 'outsiders'. But it also shows how important it is to stick together, to maintain the hope, not to focus on differences but on similarities. Well done, Matt Haig!
Sid Nuncius
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Father Christmas And Me is a little slow to get going, but once it does it’s a lovely, exciting Christmas story, full of Matt Haig’s usual humanity and wisdom.

In this instalment, Amelia (a human girl from a cruel workhouse now living with Father Christmas) goes to elf school and generally settles into life at Elfhelm. This opening section seemed a little slow to me, even though it is very imaginative and has important things to say about inclusivity. The pace picks up as the wicked Father Vogol
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: december, end-of-2018

"..books are just trees that are having a dream."

I loved this series. I can see them becoming frequent holiday rereads. Matt Haig creates a magical world and Chris Mould’s illustrations enhance the festive feel.
The town of Elfhelm is gloriously imagined and detailed.
The tale has classic themes of fitting in and finding home, an epic Christmas vs. Easter showdown, and an endlessly loyal cat.

"'Humans aren't really that different to elves, you know. It's just that when lives are deprived o
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely festive read. Simple enough to read aloud to a child who is just getting into chapter books and entertaining enough for older ones to read and become engrossed in the magic of Christmas. It’s got everything a Christmas story needs: elves, Father Christmas, reindeer, a supporting cast of magical creatures; snow; Christmas songs and festive food.
One to snuggle up with whilst drinking got chocolate on a cold wintry day.
Charming and lovely. Really enjoyed reading this to my children over Christmas.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 4.2

Imagine that you live with Father Christmas and all of the elves? That would be a blast, right? You would think so but this is exactly where Amelia lives and things aren't always jolly. Things in Elfhelm are a lot different than the human world and Amelia is having some trouble. School is very hard and she doesn't seem to fit in anywhere, but she knows that she can fly a sleigh and she is ready to take that course. She has to wait but when her time finally
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Father Christmas and Me was originally released in October 2017 but the paperback version is due to be released this October. Not wanting to miss out on a bit of Christmas in July, I decided to request it on NetGalley.

I enjoyed the plot of this book; the story focuses on the importance of being accepting of everyone, no matter how different they are to you. Amelia faces the challenge of reuniting the elf and rabbit communities after years of anger and confusion about how the came to be separate
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was unaware that this was the final book in a trilogy but I enjoyed it so much I will try to get hold of the other two as well. My first grandchild is due next year and it would be lovely to read it together when he\ she is old enough to understand it. What a charming tale of Amelia, a human child rescued from the workhouse, who goes to live with Father Christmas in Elfhelm. She goes to
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
*I received a free copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This is the third book set in this universe and, just as the previous two books it is magical and whimsical and heartwarming. A great christmas book for younger children up to very old children.

In this story, Amelia struggles with not fitting in with the elves and not being magical like Father Christmas and Mary. She feels like she doesn’t belong anywhere and like everything she does goes wrong. In the end, she finds a place
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this one, but it's no Christmasaurus. Dare I say some of it was a little boring and there were some slightly lazy gimmicks in order to move the narrative along. I appreciate I'm reading the final in the trilogy here and aught to give the first book a go at least, it was just a little slow for me. Children may well love it.
Not as good as his first and second book about Father Christmas. But still very sweet,magical and charming.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Amelia, das Kaminkehrermädchen, das Weihnachten gerettet hat, wohnt seit geraumer Zeit in Wichtelgrund. Doch leider fällt es ihr sehr schwer, hier Fuß zu fassen. Die Unterrichtsfächer in der Schule sind so anders als bei den Menschen. In Mathe geht es beispielsweise nicht darum, eine richtige Lösung zu finden. Stattdessen bekommt derjenige eine gute Note, dessen Ergebnis am interessantesten klingt. Amelias Hoffnung zielt auf den Wunsch im Fach Schlittenfliegen punkten zu können. Darin is
Pop Bop
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed

The blurbs for this book make it sound like a light and lively happy-funsy Christmas story, and a jolly wrap to the Christmas trilogy. Well, it's more complicated than that. Even some of the drawings by Chris Mould, who is a genius and can make anything happy-funsy, have an edge and a touch of darkness to them.

The angle here is that Amelia Wishart, who saved Christmas in an earlier book, has left her human orphanage and has come to live with Father and Mary Christmas at Elfheim, (aka
Katy Noyes
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Series-finisher that rounds off the saga with heart-warming adventure, mystery and 'finding your place' themes.

After listening to the first two with my son (now 7), we got the third from the library for Easter, knowing that the Easter Bunny featured as a character. Taking place just after the events of the previous book, Amelia is now living in Elfhelm with Father Christmas and Mary, now his wife. And finding that the idyllic setting isn't quite as idyllic when you stand out like a sore thumb, a
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amelia, ein ehemaliges armes Arbeiterkind aus London, lebt jetzt beim Weihnachtsmann in Finnland bei den Wichteln. Doch nicht alles in Wichtelgrund ist Sonnenschein: eine finstere Intrige bedroht Weihnachten selbst. Das kann Amelia, das Mädchen, das Weihnachten rettete, natürlich nicht zulassen!

Ich bin verliebt. So verliebt war ich das letzte Mal in September. Es ist herrlich!

Die Charaktere sind niedlich, quirky und nachvollziehbar und die Geschichte strotzt vor liebevoll-verrückten Einfällen.
Ella Fletcher
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never write reviews on books as often I feel I don’t have the words to best describe how a good book makes me feel... but here it is... my attempt of a review of my most recent read.

For the last 3 years I have read Matt Haigs books, ‘A boy called Christmas ‘, ‘The girl who saved Christmas and this years,’ Father Christmas and me’.
It has become a tradition for me as much as watching ‘ It’s a wonderful life.’
I have adored these books, they contain magic, humour and hope, to me everything a book
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've read many Matt Haig books. His stories seem to always combined fun, humor, and a great storyline, Father Christmas and Me is the same formula mixed with really awesome illustrations created by Chris Mould.

When 11-year-old orphan Amelia Wishart, her cat, Captain Soot, and the kitchen maid, Mary Ethel Winters go to live in Elfhelm - a magical world, Amelia finds a mysterious place filled with school teachers named like the subject they taught, a very loving and happy Father Christmas, and lo
Eve beinguniquebooks
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amelia lives in Elfhelm, a magic place hidden from humans thanks to Father Christmas saving her from a bad life in a workhouse along with her cat, Captain Soot.

When Father Vodol starts to cause trouble at Father Christmas's wedding, Amelia gets threatened by Vodol and along with starting her new elf school, she worries of what's to come.

There's bonding with pixie's and elves, breaking sleighs and riding reindeers. But there's danger ahead as Amelia learns of a threat to them all, an old evil ene
Leilah Skelton
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Matt Haig returns to Elfhelm in this third magical Christmas story. He’s stuffed it with action, adventure, heart, hope, and cliff-hanger chapter endings that make you want to read on past bedtime. This is a must-read Christmas story for every kid who is lucky enough to still believe, and it will melt the heart of any cynic, too. Gifting these books over the past few years to the children (and some grown-ups!) in my life has been one of my favourite new Christmas traditions.

The melding of unfet
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
(Three and a half stars - which, as it's about feeling Christmassy, I'll dress as a four.)

There's a lot to love about this book, but it's certainly not the best one of the three, and cannot get to the heights of the middle volume. Here we just begin with too much that isn't particularly necessary - and it's not a humorous diversion either - when we see all the differences between Amelia's world and the one of Father Christmas and the elves, as she is forced to go to Elf School. Yes, hidden in th
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Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. The Guardian has described his writing as 'delightfully weird' and the New York Times has called him 'a novelist of great talent' whose writing is 'funny, rive ...more

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