by Lemony Snicket
A thinking, talking, moving lump of coal dreams of becoming an artist, or at least proving useful in a barbecue. Rejected first by a snooty art gallery owner, then by the owner of an inauthentic Korean restaurant, the lump of coal despairs of ever finding success. Will his encounter with one of Santa's helpers bring about his very own Christmas miracle? Read the book yourself to discover its satisfying conclusion.
Told in a style similar to Snicket's engaging Series of Unfortunate Events.