The Coal Man works hard digging up the coal Santa Claus gives to naughty boys and girls. But this year, Santa announces he's not using coal anymore! What will happen to the Coal Man without his best customer?

This delightful holiday picture book introduces readers to the man who brings Santa Claus coal for naughty boys and girls. The Coal Man, his pet mule, and his pet canary dream of visiting a tropical island. When Santa decides to phase out coal, the Coal Man worries that he'll never get his wish-until an unexpected twist helps the Coal Man's dream come true. Joe Kulka delivers a highly unusual holiday story with vivid illustrations and plenty of heart.


Joe has been working as a freelance illustrator since graduating from the University of the Arts in 1987 where he earned a BFA in Illustration. He has worked for such notable clients as Lerner, Harcourt, Scholastic, Penguin Putnam, and MTV Animation.

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