Kid’s Book Review: The Night I Met Father Christmas

Kid’s Book Review: The Night I Met Father Christmas

About the Book and Author

A perfect story to save for Christmas Eve from actor and comedian Ben Miller with beautiful illustrations throughout from Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, reminding everyone of the true spirit of Christmas and prove once and for all that Father Christmas really does exist!

Jackson knows all about the flying reindeer, 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 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…

*This special edition includes extra Christmas bonus content, as well as a stunning new gold foil cover is published by Simon and Schuster.


special edition cover
Ben Miller and Daniella Terrazzini

Ben Miller is an actor, director, and comedian, best known for writing and starring in The Armstrong and Miller Show and his role as Rowan Atkinson’s sidekick, Bough, in Johnny English Strikes Back. Other recent big screen roles include What We Did On Our Holiday with Billy Connolly, and the much-loved Paddington 2 with, well, Paddington. On television, he is best known for the crime comedy drama Death In Paradise which has been a big hit worldwide.

He is the author of two other imaginative stories for this age group: The Day I Fell into a Fairytale and The Boy Who Made the World Disappear that are also illustrated by Daniela.

Book Review

I would recommend it to all my friends...because it was really funny, and action packed, with fun on every page

I thought it was a really good book, because it was really interesting, magical and exciting.

One of the interesting things was that Santa used to be called Torvil and was just an elf.

I also found it really funny because Santa Claus was quite small and selfish before he was Santa Claus, which I found a bit unusual, since now he is very kind by giving out presents, and things like that.

The main character was Jackson. It was interesting how Jackson didn’t get in trouble for spotting Santa Claus and going on his sleigh (and also twisting his ankle!).

Also, under the North Pole was a giant telescope and there was a talking reindeer who was really funny because he sent Torvil back in time.

I would recommend it to all my friends and any Christmas story lovers because it was really funny, and action packed, with fun on every page!

I would give it A…. 5 STAR RATING!!

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Reviewer Profile

Junior Reviewer Sid
  • Name: Sid
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: football, gaming and Liverpool FC
  • Dislikes: cheese and slugs
  • Favourite Book: The Beasts of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams
  • Favourite Film: Lego: The Movie 2
  • Favourite Song: You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers