by Lemony Snicket

Reviewer Rating:
3

Review

The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket is about the adventures of a little lump of coal, in a little tux, who dreams of becoming an artist despite what all the naysayers and phonies say on his quest. Soon he  becomes discouraged and settles for something that is better than nothing. It is only when he least expects his miracle that it occurs, enabling him to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist.

I would say this book is easily read for grades 3-6 but can be enjoyed by all. As with all of Snicket's works, his trademark humor delivers plenty of laugh-out-loud moments leading to the happy ending. And who can forget to mention Helquist ability to bring the characters to life with simplicity and charm.

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