The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket, Illustrated by Brett Helquist
Lemony Snicket wrote a hilarious story for Christmas this year - all about a lump of coal who wants to be either a famous artist or part of a Korean Bar-b-que. The lump of coal is very proper, wearing a somber black suit and walking around with a dark expression on his face. Eventually he meets a boy who wants to be a charcoal artist and makes his dreams come true.
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: a Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket, Illustrated by Lisa Brown
Oh My Gosh! What a hilarious holiday story. There is this Latke who jumps out of the pan and runs around a town getting ready for Christmas. He is very misunderstood and he seriously cannot stop screaming. And I couldn't stop laughing. And you learn about Hannukah and how it feels to be surrounded by misunderstanding.
Both of these books are for older kids or grownups, not really for the preschool set - the jokes are too sophisticated.