The Lump of Coal

The Lump of Coal

by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist

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Forget Frosty the Snowman or Ruldolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061965142
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 40
Lexile: NC1350L (what's this?)
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.


Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1970

Place of Birth:

Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.


Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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The Lump of Coal 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
mme_bosquet More than 1 year ago
I liked and bought the screaming latke book a few years back and thought that would be the only holiday offering from the always-amusing Mr. Snicket. So I was delighted to find The Lump of Coal, which is even better. And I had a great excuse to buy it-a stocking stuffer for my husband. (Which means, of course, that I get to read and enjoy it, yet I look generous by giving it away.) It's a win/win. I eagerly await something soon for either Ramadan or New Year's. Maybe then he will branch out to holidays outside of December. The Blue Valentine, perhaps? Or The Freakishly Five-leaf Clover for St. Patty's? The possiblities abound!
mommy_luvs_books More than 1 year ago
Lemony Snicket is such an interesting author. He has written this original story about a lump of coal, and what an interesting story to add to your Christmas collection! Most kids are afraid of getting a lump of coal for Christmas, but this "Lump of Coal" story adds a twist to the typical naughty kid gift. My kids also have another fun book about a little boy who is afraid to get a lump of coal "Jake the Snake and the Stupid Time-Out Chair." These two books would make a wonderful duo for the Christmas season!
vampire123 More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome and your children and you will enjoy this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist have done it again. This is a very unusual holiday tale. For so many years of being the threatened gift for bad children, we have a tale about a erudite lump of coal wearing a very nice black suit and tie. A lump of coal who exceeds beyond his wildest dreams. This story turns dear Charles Dickens on his brillant head.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my little sister who loves Lemony Snicket, and my whole family ended up reading it. Its a great book!
MerryThoughts More than 1 year ago
As only Lemony Snicket can do, he has written another quirky tale that you will want for your bookshelf. I picked up the book when I saw the name Lemony Snicket, but I read it cover to cover because the story is great.
serviceKP More than 1 year ago
My child and I enjoyed reading this. Lemony Snicket definately has an odd sense of humor. His old fashioned style drawings set a special nostalgic mood. The irony may prompt good discussions of what is proper in prayer and speaking.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A small lump of coal, abandoned in a BBQ charcoal bag once the summer is over, dreams of becoming an artist one day. Luckily, winter is a time when miracles have been known to happen...Lump of Coal is a short holiday-themed picture book, published after the success of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events books. It's written in a style similar to the series (i.e., dark humor, the occasional defining of words in context) and features illustrations by the same artist who worked on all of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, although he here uses full color instead of just black and white. Lump of Coal is a funny enough little book and is a fine addition to any holiday collection, but it isn't the best work from this duo. Still, who doesn't love a happy ending?
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist team up once again to tell and illustrate another splendid tale. This time, however it's not about orphans.It is about a lump of coal who attempts to find a true miracle.The lump of coal only wants to be accepted as an artist (he enjoys making black marks on surfaces) and a chef (he is very skilled at cooking things), but everywhere he goes, he is only treated as a lowly lump of coal. It is only after meeting Santa Claus (or at least, someone dressed up like Santa Claus) that he discovers a true miracle.This book is recommended for all fans of Snicket's work (and I suppose Handler's work too). It's definitely a Christmas classic to go alongside things like The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming.
lauraejensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fantastic departure from holiday books from 'Lemony Snicket'. Dry, sarcastic, sophisticated humor for children 8 and up. This is the story of a lump of coal who is bored and without a use after summer. He dreams of being used for moody art, Korean bbq, but Santa finds use for him as a gift. Adorable drawings fantastic humor. Great in the classroom as a departure from typical holiday books, may be an inspiration to get the charcoal out. Also has a moral to the story, to appreciate simple things.
thetometraveller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this little lump of coal! He's so cute and grumpy looking. I want to cuddle him.Oh, and the story, about being grateful for small miracles, is cute.
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I'm afraid I can't review a book which was unavailable on my simple version of Nook. Very unhappy about that.
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barbiegirl123 More than 1 year ago
I think this book will be great for kids that like to think whats going to happen next!!! This book is a unforgettable story; you will cry at the ending cause then he knows where he belongs and he's very happy!!!so you should remember that this book is not something you would want to read by yourself!! So have a great time with your family reading this book!!!ENJOY!!!!
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