Finally, here’s a holiday story told from a different perspective. At Christmastime, a living lump of coal falls off a barbecue grill and wishes for a miracle to happen. This particular lump of coal wants to be an artist, but is rejected by a local gallery. He’s also unsuccessful in finding work at a restaurant, and is about to give up when he runs into a man dressed as Santa Claus. Finally, through a strange turn of events, the lump of coal finds himself in a position to become the perfect Christmas gift.
This book is a true Christmas miracle, a holiday story without any type of preachy message. It’s a book about fitting in where you can, and like all of Lemony Snicket’s other books the author has a way of building rapport with the reader. Children who pick up this book will not be talked down to, but rather taken along on a short but special holiday journey.
Merry Christmas, everyone! Keep reading!