Jackson knows all about flying reindeer, he knows about the elves and the secret North Pole workshop, he knows about the elves and the secret North Pole workshop, he knows about the magic that allows Father Christmas to deliver presents around the world in just one night, but there’s one thing he doesn’t know…how did Father Christmas become Father Christmas?
That all changes when, one Christmas Eve, Jackson meets Father Christmas Eve, Jackson meets Father Christmas and hears his incredible story.
So begins an enchanting fairy-tale into a magical snowy landscape, where Torvil, a mean-spirited and miserly elf, is about to discover the true meaning of Christmas. This might not have been the story Jackson was expecting but, as Father Christmas tells him, no good story ever is…
A Christmas classic in the making from actors and comedian Ben Miller that will prove once and for all that Father Christmas really does exist!
Ben Miller is pretty well known. Comedian, actor and now author, he crosses generations with his work. In our house we know him from his time playing DCI Richard Poole in Death in Paradise and more recently as Bough, the hilarious side-kick to Rowen Atkinson’s Johnny English. In my school Library we know him for his books The Aliens Are Coming!: The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe and It’s Not Rocket Science, both giving interesting, insightful and enjoyable access to their subject matter. And now he brings us this wonderful festive tale about a young boy named Jackson. Jackson who has had a tiny seed of doubt planted into his mind about Father Christmas. So he comes up with a plan to meet the man himself and ask him a very important question.
I love Christmas. I love the build up, the magic that seems to fill the air and ever since having my son (eleven years ago now), I’ve rediscovered the joy of being a
#FatherChristmasBeliever. It’s easy as adults to lose that magic and we can quite often become cynical. So as the big day approaches Christmas stories come pretty close to the top of the list of things that make me happy. Especially Christmas stories that I can share with my son. When writing The Night I Met Father Christmas, Ben took inspiration from some great authors to create a wonderful tale that already feels like a classic. I already read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol every year – I love the language, moral and sheer joy that this tale brings – and I can see The Night I Met Father Christmas being enjoyed for many years to come. So I asked Ben what his favourite Christmas Story is.
‘That one! A Christmas Carol. I am a huge fan of Dickens generally and he has been a huge influence on everything I’ve done. Having English teachers as parents meant I was introduced to him at a very early age and I love his unique and infectious wit and psychedelic warmth. Dickens is the perfect grounding for a career in sketch comedy!’
But how does one go from writing books about science to writing a Christmas story? This is Ben’s first work of fiction and I asked him if any of the characters were based on himself or people he knows.
‘I based Jackson, the main character, on my own son. I did ask if he as OK with that! He said yes — I hope he feels the same when he’s older. Torvil, I think, is basically me.’
So there you have a little more insight into this wonderful story. I’ll be back soon to talk about Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini who has created the beautiful illustrations for Ben’s story and tomorrow I will be hosting the first day of the official blog tour in which I will be running a giveaway to win a copy of the book.
Thanks so much for reading.