Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Book Review: The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket

Title: The Lump of Coal

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Childrens Fiction. Festive Story. Humour.

Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ

Synopsis: Miracles can happen, even to those who are small, flammable, and dressed all in black.

Review: This is a funny short story about a lump of coal who can think, talk, and move itself around. 

Like all of Lemony Snicket’s books, he paints a vivid picture inter-woven with a grim tale.  This one takes place during Christmas, with a lump of coal that seems very life-like indeed.The lump of coal wants to be more…

This book is rife with challenges which a little  lump of coal attempts to overcome them all.  This quirky novel is captivating for the reader as they walk alongside this struggling piece of coal aspiring to be more than what he’s given credit for. Will his Christmas wish come true? Or will he crash and burn like the lump of coal he is. 

 Not nearly as bleak as some of Lemony Snicket’s books, The lump of coal is a perfect choice to curl up in front of the fire with and find some light hearted amusement in the lines of a new take on a Christmas story  – a story you’ve never heard before. 

So many Christmas stories run along the same lines, this book is refreshing and fun to read.  A lovely story for this time of year.

This short story is another great work by the successful author and suitable for young children.  if you want another book to curl up in front of a fire, be sure to check out, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

If you’d like to read this book you can either place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here or get the eBook on BorrowBox.

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