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- The Lump Of Coal
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Humor wrapped in clever writing and expressive illustrations make this a fun-to-read holiday story. The number of asides and wordplay may be trying for some readers and young listeners. The book's small size could make for difficult reading if you have listeners who like to hold the book. Our daughter focused on the illustrations and the expressions on the illustrated characters. She was happy that the lump of coal could get a job and the happy ending.
This is a clever tale, and a nice twist on the usual picture book holiday fare. The story is well told I like the definitions. The detailed illustrations are expressive, offering listeners the chance to explore while you read a lot of text. Although the author talks of miracles, the story is completely secular.
There are a number of themes that are very effectively layered: making your dreams come true, handling rejection, being true to yourself, and perseverance come quickly to mind. Summary: In the spirit of the season, we have a miracle: a lump of coal who can talk, think, and has goals for his life. He has completed his Series of Unfortunate Events, and moved on.
Though his Great authors often have trouble outdistancing their greatest works. Though his detailed, occasionally pedantic, style remains firmly intact, he has branched out from what had succeeded in the past to try and reach towards a new audience. He has placed religion, morality and self-examination at the thematic center of his work. However, the bulk of the book though it's a scant few pages seems largely quotidian, and though Snicket is one of the most imaginative writers working today, The Lump of Coal is more simplistic than befits a writer of Snicket's stature.
Still it remains thematically in line with his best work and features a final page that is utterly remarkable, a beautiful paragraph that stands on a par with Seuss and Dickens for great Holiday morality. Lemony Snicket still hasn't outdone his best selling works, and though this book is not a major step forward, in one paragraph he has shown a flash of irrefutable brilliance proving that he certainly can become an immensely successful author in the future.
Apr 09, Kate rated it liked it. I liked this book, though I will admit it seems a little watered-down for a Snicket creation. Just a little! As good as Latke or the amazing Series of Unfortunate Events? Taken from my blog: libchickreads. Mar 10, La Coccinelle rated it really liked it Shelves: children. I'm not a huge Lemony Snicket fan.
Review | The Lump Of Coal
I tried reading A Series of Unfortunate Events but couldn't get into it I never even finished the first book. The movie based on those books bored me.
So I didn't have super-high expectations when a family member brought this little book home from the library. It's a cute message wrapped in a well-written little story There's just something amusing about a grumpy little piece of coal who sets off to I'm not a huge Lemony Snicket fan. There's just something amusing about a grumpy little piece of coal who sets off to find fulfillment as an artist leaving little black footprints everywhere as he goes.
It's short, and you can probably get through it in a couple of minutes. However, I can see this as a holiday favourite that kids might enjoy hearing read aloud. Dec 19, Kat rated it liked it Shelves: picture-books. A silly little holiday story about the trials and tribulations of a lump of coal who aspires to make avante-garde art, told in standard Lemony Snicket style; intellectually dry, absurdist, with a dash of morality. This is a short little picture book, so even more so than his other works, the intended audience is ambiguous.
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Is it really for the kindergarten set? Well, I'm sure many kids would love Helquist's beautiful and narrative illustrations as usual , but Snicket's verbose, rambling humor e A silly little holiday story about the trials and tribulations of a lump of coal who aspires to make avante-garde art, told in standard Lemony Snicket style; intellectually dry, absurdist, with a dash of morality. Well, I'm sure many kids would love Helquist's beautiful and narrative illustrations as usual , but Snicket's verbose, rambling humor easily zings over the young head.
However, the underlying story is simple and short. Dec 17, Radawn rated it it was amazing. This is my new favorite Christmas book! It has everything- great illustrations, cleverly written humor, and on top of all that a heartwarming simple message that is insightful and helps put the holidays in perspective.
Love it, Love it, Love it! Oct 29, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. I thought this was classic Lemony Snicket, just a little bit ridiculous and yet deep at the same time. The ending caught me slightly off guard, but it's probably one of my favorite endings to childrens books.
Nov 10, Luisa Knight rated it it was ok Shelves: childrens-christmas.
A story in very Snicket-y fashion about a humanized lump of coal that dreams of doing something with art and cooking. I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. Visit my website!
Nov 27, Lynda rated it really liked it. A humanized version of a lump of coal enabled to talk, walk and know what is and is not a miracle sets out upon a journey to utilize his artistic skills. Cute and a bit thought provoking. It's a winner. Dec 24, Danielle rated it really liked it.
I loved the humor in the book and following the lump of coal on his journey. Maybe one day Feb 01, Amanda Cornelius rated it really liked it. A lovely odd little story. Dec 16, Kerry rated it it was amazing Shelves: children-s-books , audio-book. Funny and heartwarming. Love the narration by Neil Patrick Harris. Dec 22, Andrea rated it it was amazing.
The Lump Of Coal
Great little read! Dec 16, Jera Em rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture , favorites , wishlist.
A charming story that is funny as one would expect from Lemony Snicket and it has a spin on it. I really enjoyed this one. Apr 09, Nick rated it it was amazing. A Christmas story. NOOK Book. The next great holiday hero is a small, flammable chunk of barbecue fodder. He's impeccably dressed, he's terribly grumpy, and he's looking for a holiday miracle.
This holiday season is a time for stoytelling, and whether you are hearing the story of a candelabra staying lit for more than a week, or a baby born in a barn without proper medical supervision, these stories often feature miracles. Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture.
Why Does Santa Claus Give Coal to Bad Kids?
He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Kids' Books. Add to Wishlist. USD 3. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. It's unmistakably Snicket - here's the opening line: This holiday season is a time for stoytelling, and whether you are hearing the story of a candelabra staying lit for more than a week, or a baby born in a barn without proper medical supervision, these stories often feature miracles.