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Review: Father Christmas and Me

Father Christmas and Me audiobook cover. Father Christmas walks down a snowy hill, in front of a bright moon in a green sky. Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 4 hrs 56 mins.

The third book in Matt Haig's magical Christmas trilogy, Father Christmas and Me is as magical as the rest.

This book follows Amelia's struggle to find acceptance in Elfhelm, and draws many parallels from the political situation in our own world. From blended families to xenophobia, the themes resonate with the experiences around us, and it would be a superb lesson for slightly older children in understanding 'fake news' and the importance of questioning information. Ultimately, however, its message is of courage, kindness, and finding goodness in the people around you.

Wonderfully narrated by Natascha McElhone, I was very glad to have chosen this as my bedtime listening over the Christmas period. Her voice is at once lively and soothing, full of character but smooth and gentle - like bathing in warm chocolate.

For the past three Christmases I have listened to one of these books each year, and been delighted by them all. I am only sorry there are not more, though I see there is a short story featuring the Truth Pixie, which will help me adjust to having no new Elfhelm novel for the next festive period.

Perfect for families who are listening together while journeying to and from friends and relatives during the holidays. I'd recommend this series of books to listeners of all ages, as no-one is ever too old for a magical Christmas story.

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