The Boy Who Slept Through Christmas by Matt Lucas

The Boy Who Slept Through Christmas by Matt Lucas is a delightful and heartwarming musical novel that will make you appreciate and rediscover the joy of Christmas. Written by the comedian and actor Matt Lucas, who also narrates the audiobook, this book is a modern classic that celebrates the spirit of Christmas and the power of hope.

The story follows Leo, a young boy who loves Christmas more than anything but is facing his first one without his mum, who passed away earlier that year. His dad is busy working, his brother is a moody teenager, and his sister is a chip-loving toddler. Leo decides to take charge and make this Christmas the best one ever for his family. He has a list of things to do, from buying a tree to baking a cake, but things don’t go as smoothly as he hopes.

“There’s no such thing as a perfect Christmas, Leo. There’s only your Christmas. And it’s up to you to make it as wonderful as you can.”

The book is full of humour, emotion, and imagination, as well as more than 20 original songs that range from hilarious to touching. The songs are cleverly written and performed, and they add a unique dimension to the story. They capture the mood and personality of the characters, as well as the themes of loss, grief, and hope.

“You can’t sleep through Christmas, Leo. Christmas is in your heart. It’s always there, waiting for you to wake up and celebrate it.”

The audiobook is a treat to listen to, as Matt Lucas brings the story to life with his voice. He does a great job of conveying the different emotions and tones of the story, from the sadness of Leo missing his mum, to the silliness of the potato song, to the wonder of the final scene.

“Christmas is not a day, it’s a feeling. It’s a feeling of love and joy and peace. And you can have that feeling any day of the year, if you just believe.”

Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins UK Audio for sharing the audiobook version of this book with me!

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