Is there a more charming holiday tale to behold? Probably, but Lemony Snicket has not written one.
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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.
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.
I have not, but this one inclines me to seek him out.
I grow more fond of it every time we listen to it. Which, between Thanksgiving and Twelfth Day, is often.
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.
I listen to this story at least once a year. It makes you remember what's most important in the world and to look for tiny miracles. I have also purchased this audiobook for most of my family and close friends. Share it with those you love.
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.
...this is one both the child and the parent will enjoy hearing.
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)
Writer. Dog lover.
The twists and turns. And Neil Patrick Harris' wry delivery.
The title character's pluck.
The lump of coal.
The little piece of carbon who could.
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