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The Lump of Coal | [Lemony Snicket]

The Lump of Coal

This is a story about a lump of coal who can think, talk, and move itself around. Is there a more charming holiday tale to behold? Probably, but Lemony Snicket has not written one.

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Publisher's Summary

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

Is there a more charming holiday tale to behold? Probably, but Lemony Snicket has not written one.

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©2008 Lemony Snicket; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Lynda Tallahassee, FL, United States 12-20-08
    Lynda Tallahassee, FL, United States 12-20-08 Member Since 2003
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    "So Cute!"

    This is such a cute story! Worth all 146 pennies I paid for it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lessa 12-07-09
    Lessa 12-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Cute Story"

    Something the whole family will enjoy.

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    ca spinelli NC, United States 12-11-13
    ca spinelli NC, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "When will we have the Latke Who Couldn't Stop. . ."
    What did you love best about The Lump of Coal?

    The final message of this story is thoughtful, warm and wonderful. The story is witty. The protagonist is singular (amongst holiday stories, perhaps not in the grill.) Many holiday stories -- even ancient ones -- are about miracles. However, many new holiday stories are redundant. This one is not. And Neil Patrick Harris provides an excellent reading! His tone is very well suited to Snicket's prose.


    What other book might you compare The Lump of Coal to and why?

    Like the protagonist, the story is rather singular. It is about the holidays, but, as many of the best stories are about more than their settings and plots, this story is about something more than Christmas and a lump of coal.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Patrick Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but this one inclines me to seek him out.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I grow more fond of it every time we listen to it. Which, between Thanksgiving and Twelfth Day, is often.


    Any additional comments?

    When will we have the Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming? I am baffled that this is not yet available as an audio book. It is very well suited to performance. Really, what's the hold-up? Is this another example of the latke being overshadowed by a christmas icon? And an obscure one at that. A lump of coal. The indignity.
    The delightfulness of The Lump of Coal makes me more anxious to hear the Latke brought to audible life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lucky Pez North Carolina 12-24-12
    Lucky Pez North Carolina 12-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Christmas Miracle!"
    If you could sum up The Lump of Coal in three words, what would they be?

    Charming, Delightful, Sweet


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lump of Coal?

    Learning that everything can be a miracle, depending on how you look at things.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Patrick Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile. Over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Neil Patrick Harris' voice and the way he reads this story is truly magical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jakub Wrocław, Poland 12-17-12
    Jakub Wrocław, Poland 12-17-12
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    "The Story about ordinary miracles"

    From now it's one of my favourite Christmas stories.
    Great opportunity to show children that meaning of miracle can be ordinary and we can find it in our lives everyday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    H. Walker Northern CA, United States 12-26-11
    H. Walker Northern CA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "like most Lemony Snicket books"
    If you could sum up The Lump of Coal in three words, what would they be?

    ...this is one both the child and the parent will enjoy hearing.


    What other book might you compare The Lump of Coal to and why?

    The Screaming Latke, A Holiday Story by Lemony Snicket
    because it is also a holiday story with the same tongue-in-cheek style but Chanukah focused. (would love an audible of this one)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Hoboken, NJ, United States 12-25-11
    Martha Hoboken, NJ, United States 12-25-11 Member Since 2008

    Writer. Dog lover.

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    "A wry new holiday classic"
    What did you love best about The Lump of Coal?

    The twists and turns. And Neil Patrick Harris' wry delivery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The title character's pluck.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Patrick Harris – was your favorite?

    The lump of coal.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The little piece of carbon who could.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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