The Christmas Coal Man

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

The Coal Man works hard all year, searching dark mines for the coal that Santa Claus drops into the stockings of naughty boys and girls. He’s saving up money to take himself, his mule, and his trusty canary to a sunny island.

This year, when the Coal Man makes his delivery to the North Pole, he gets a big surprise. Santa’s not using coal anymore! Will the Coal Man ever get his day in the sun? With a little Christmas magic, he just might.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Category Holidays
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-09-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017010, JUV017000, JUV006000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 590
ATOS Reading Level 3.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 178203
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


Publishers Weekly

“Kulka’s vibrant artwork uses humor and lightly caricatured characterizations to enliven what’s initially a fairly gloomy setup—the miner’s faithful mule sports a pink hair bow and impossibly long eyelashes, while the man himself trades his miner’s hat for a Hawaiian shirt as he embraces semi-retirement.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“It’s hard to dig up a new angle on Santa’s cast of helpers, but the Coal Man is a nugget of originality.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Joe Kulka

Joe Kulka has written and illustrated My Crocodile Does Not Bite, Vacation's Over! Return of the Dinosaurs, and the award-winning book Wolf's Coming!. Joe lives in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.