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.
The "worst kids in the history of the world" are laugh-out-loud outrageous in this rollicking picture-book adaptation of Robinson's 1972 novel. Cornell's (My Mommy Hung the Moon) humorous, energetic illustrations highlight the incorrigible Herdman siblings' naughtiness, as they're pictured acting out well beyond the shenanigans chronicled in the punchy text. At Sunday school, they "stole all the money out of the collection plate," and the fact that they don't know the Nativity story "didn't stop them from picking out the best parts for themselves." As in the original version, they steal the show, providing a satisfying primer for kids not yet ready for Robinson's longer holiday treat. Ages 4 8.
Best Book Ever
My mother was a teacher and she used to read this to her class every year . She read it to me when I was young and now that I have kids of my own I made sure to get a hard copy. Its wonderful in so many ways and is quite possibly the most precious story ever. It holds mountains of warm
fuzzy memories for me that I hope to recreate for my own three kids. Its been 15 years since my mom passed away and yet I can still hear her voice reading this book to me.
My nephews loved it and so do I
So funny even after all these years. Great for story time before bed.
The best book ever!
I first read this book I grade 4 I loved it!!! Now I am in grade 6 and i am in the local theatre's play The best Christmas pageant ever. This book is awesome and I recommend it for grades 4-8.