The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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4.2 (52,425 ratings by Goodreads)

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This year's pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that's exactly what makes it so special.

Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or "the worst kids in the history of the world."

The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids. You and your family will laugh along with this funny story, perfect for independent reading or read-aloud sharing.

Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker's toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that's just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked.

It's obvious that they're up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 6mm | 45g
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 006447044X
  • 9780064470445
  • 16,472

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Hey! Unto you a child is born!

The Herdmans are absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie and steal and smoke cigars (even the girls). They talk dirty, hit little kids, cuss their teachers, set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken-down toolhouse, and take the name of the Lord in vain. So no one is prepared when the Herdmans invade church one Sunday-and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

None of them has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation -- the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating-- has a lot of people up in arms. But the actual pageant is full of surprises for everyone, starting with the Herdmans themselves.
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Review Text

"One of the best Christmas books ever." Publishers Weekly
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"One of the best Christmas books ever." -- Publishers Weekly

"Wiry-tough, tender-hearted, unsentimental, and consistently funny." -- The London Sunday Times

"This charming story delivers a fresh perspective on the nativity and is a beautiful reminder that God loves everyone." -- Brightly

"Outrageous, lively, funny, and wonderful. The Christmas Story shines through with a new brilliance." -- Denver Post
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About Barbara Robinson

Barbara Robinson has written several popular books for children, including My Brother Louis Measures Worms, The Best School Year Ever, The Best Halloween Ever, and the enormously popular bestselling novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, first published in 1972, which was made into a classic TV movie and on which this book was based. The play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is produced annually in theaters, schools, and churches all over the world. Ms. Robinson has two daughters and three grandchildren.
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52,425 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (15,926)
3 15% (7,871)
2 4% (1,959)
1 2% (1,059)
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