Mr. Nicholas

A Magical Christmas Tale

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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 12 Oct 2021

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Description

A story that helps us see the unique goodness in each person.

Every town has its secrets. When it becomes known that Mr. Nicholas, the eccentric owner of the local hardware store, is somehow involved with reindeer, toys, and children, the town becomes more and more suspicious that this man is more than just a clerk on Main Street.

JB, a clever, open ten-year-old boy with Down syndrome, is able to figure out the secret from the first time Mr. Nicholas gives him a chocolate deer wrapped in gold foil. 

JB’s father and mother, both cynical and on the brink of divorce, follow the adventures of JB as he flies on the back of a reindeer, feeds Mister Rogers’s fish, and defines what can be forgotten by those who are too busy to remember the magic of Christmas, cuckoo-clocks, and love.

A story that helps us see the unique goodness in each person.

Every town has its secrets. When it becomes known that Mr. Nicholas, the eccentric owner of the local hardware store, is somehow involved...


Advance Praise

"In this book about Christmas, written by one of Fred Rogers' closest friends, you will see how Mister Rogers' Neighborhood spoke to the broken parts of who we are and how it guided us to see the unique goodness in us all. May its charm add to the beauty of your neighborhood."

—Joanne Rogers

"In this book about Christmas, written by one of Fred Rogers' closest friends, you will see how Mister Rogers' Neighborhood spoke to the broken parts of who we are and how it guided us to see the...


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ISBN 9781640607354
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Mr. Nicholas is a delightful and heart-warming tale of how a sweet boy helps the people in his life believe in the magic of Christmas. Mr. Nicholas is an eccentric. Jim is a hardened newspaper man. Anna is a disillusioned artist and wife of Jim, and JB, anna and Jim’s son, is a kind-hearted, imaginative boy who opens the eyes of his disenchanted parents. This is a quick and worthy read. Mr. Fred Roger’s wife Joanne wrote the forward. If you enjoy Christmas stories, this is one you don’t want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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I loved this story. So very inspiring and wonderfully told. It was a quick, easy read with so much love.

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Wasn't it C.S. Lewis who believed a good children's story would also appeal to adults? This tale is of that caliber. Besides the mystery surrounding the odd Mr. Nicholas, the story stirs the heart on several levels. There's JB, the Down Sydrome child who figures it out; who introduces his own type of magic, yet is a catalyst to tension between his journalist, baseball fanatic Dad and his painter-driven Mom. Can this marriage be salvaged and reconciled? Add in the village folk who find Mr. Nicholas keeps them off keel. Will they ever figure out what that niggling aura of oddity is about him? The tweaks and twists of the author's ingenious skill, lend to a thoroughly enjoyable read as he intricately weaves his story. This definitely should earn him a prestigious award or two. for he can certainly stoke a story and have it resonate for both children and adults. ~Eunice C., Reviewer/Blogger~ August 2021 Disclaimer: This is my honest opinion based on the review copy sent by the publisher. <img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/f6fd624ce81465997ca2d103ff9975a629a8a04c" width="80" height="80" alt="25 Book Reviews" title="25 Book Reviews"/> <img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/04b37ae7f3ff846e213a00a515d0a1f507bf1833" width="80" height="80" alt="Reviews Published" title="Reviews Published"/>

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This is a very quick read, but with a lot of heart, and it takes a little boy and an older man to show the true meaning of Christmas. The magic of Christmas comes alive with the author's words, and we are gifted with a heartwarming story that will have you page turning for answers. From Mr. Roger's Neighborhood to a clock with bellows to eight tiny reindeer, you will find yourself pulled into this sweet read. One you won't want to miss! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Paraclete Press, and was not required to give a positive review.

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The title says it all! Mr Nicholas - A Magical Christmas Tale. And magical it is. I love all things Christmas and this is no exception. It is heart-warming, It is a book of wonder, of being a child again, of believing and it is beautiful. An easy to read and short book (I read it in one sitting) it is a book for young and old. I recommend it for everyone as it will lighten your heart, lighten your mood and make you fell the joy of not only Christmas but of life itself.

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What a wonderful book! It is a heartwarming Christmas story that will appeal to all ages. In my humble opinion this is a *MUST READ* book. I loved it. I received a complimentary copy from Paraclete Press via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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What a heart warming Christian fiction read about a strange neighbor(Mr. Nicholas) who sees what others truly feel in their hearts. After the birth of their son with Downs Syndrome, a couples already fragile marriage disintegrates. The man in this marriage is very self centered and wants nothing to do with his child until forced custody makes him slowly realize what he’s been missing in life with a little touch of magic thrown into the mix with an unusual workshop and deer his child says can fly.

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Mr. Nicholas: A Magical Christmas Tale by Christopher de Vinck is a sweet story of a disjointed family that needs to give forgiveness and love to each other. I had thought from this story that this was going to be a children’s book but it is very much a story for adults. Adults who have perhaps lost their imagination, sense of wonder and the ability to accept others as they are. At the heart of the story is Mr. Nicholas but it is more in how he is seen by others especially the ten-year old boy, JD. Instead of the usual limits that are thought of when a Down syndrome child is involved. JD has certain skills and insights that we can all learn from in this story. Not your usual Christmas story making it even more of a marvelous read because of that fact. The publisher through Net Galley provided a digital ARC. I have voluntarily decided to read and review, giving my personal opinions and thoughts.

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