Sunday, November 30, 2008

Review: The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket

Now that the holidays are officially here, the craziness has begun and we are all rush, rush, rushing everywhere. This little book is a fun break from the fray.

With his characteristic humor, Mr. Snicket has created a little leftover lump of barbeque charcoal who has been forgotten in someones backyard. Summer is over and the lump is bored, so he goes rolling out into the world. His journey is a reminder to see and appreciate the small miracles that take place every day. An appropriate message at this time of year that is delivered with the author's classic mixture of sharp wit and sweet story.

The story is accompanied by Brett Helquist's charming illustrations. He has created the cutest little grumpy-looking coal lump you have ever seen.

This book would make a wonderful gift this holiday season for anyone over the age of ten or so!

The Lump of Coal is published by Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-06-157428-3

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Michele said...

I've never heard of this book -- it sounds adorable! I love Lemony Snicket, so perhaps I'm biased. Definitely going to buy this before Christmas....and I'm the 10 year old it's for, ha ha.

The Tome Traveller said...

It IS adorable! I love Lemony Snicket, too, his offbeat sense of humor is so much fun.

The book is great for everyone except maybe the littlest ones, I don't think it would burst their bubble about you-know-who but just in case...

Lenore Appelhans said...

This does look cute - and I do love me some lemony!

Anonymous said...

I'll have to look for that one - it sounds like fun.

Becca said...

I actually got this as a gift for Christmas and I had never heard of it before. I like the message of the everyday miracles and the illustrations are great.

tashiana said...

i have a literary crush on lemony snicket *swoon*
he's the only author who's book i have in russian lol
and no i dont speak russian
this looks adooorable

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