The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Picture Book Edition  -     By: Barbara Robinson
    Illustrated By: Laura Cornell
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Picture Book Edition

Illustrated By: Laura Cornell
Harpercollins Publishing / 2011 / Hardcover

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It's time for the Christmas pageant at church but once the Herdmans get involved, it seems as it this will be the worst pageant ever! These kids lie, steal, and bonk each other off the head-and now all six kids have decided to take the best parts in the play . . . now the Wise Men want to bring pizza instead of frankincense, Baby Jesus has been renamed to Bill, and the Angel of the Lord is yelling out "Shazzaam!" But despite the unusual changes, this could be the best pageant yet. Adapted for young children, kids and parents alike will see the true meaning of Christmas captured through the Herdmans unusual antics.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Harpercollins Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 10.00 X 10.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0060890746
ISBN-13: 9780060890742
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-8

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“Hey! Unto you a child is born!”

Meet the Herdmans—they lie, cheat, and love to give clonks on the head. They are, without a doubt, the worst kids in the history of the world. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus—it’s all news to them. So they’re convinced that the Wise Men should bring pizza and that the Angel of the Lord is straight out of a comic book. Everyone worries that this year’s pageant will be horrible (just like the Herdmans!), but they are sure to make it the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.

Adapted from the beloved novel of the same name, this sparkling picture-book version is perfect for younger children. They will delight in the antics of the terrible Herdmans, who surprise everyone when they capture the true meaning of Christmas.

Author Bio

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.

Laura Cornell lives in New York City with her daughter, Lily (first and only), but they spend much time in California, Laura's first state in her first home. She was asked to illustrate Jamie's first book, and that became ten. Lucky is the first word that comes to mind.

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  1. Florida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is the most precious Christmas story.
    February 8, 2012
    Evie
    Florida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
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    Adults and children alike will enjoy this very funny, but precious Christmas story.
  2. Wellington, Oh
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love this story
    January 11, 2012
    New Horizons Lutheran Church
    Wellington, Oh
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for .
    This is an absolute favorite of mine. I directed a children's Christmas program using this story one year, and it was a big hit. Everyone loved it, and the children had a wonderful time preparing and presenting it. So glad to give this book to my granddaughter.
  3. Wadsworth/Sharon, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is What the Christmas Story is All About!
    December 29, 2011
    Kimberly Bates
    Wadsworth/Sharon, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    This review was written for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Hardcover.
    Be forewarned all ye faint of heart -- the Herdmans are coming!

    This is one of the best Christmas books we have on our shelf. It garners a five-star rating with our family and we simply cannot recommend it highly enough!

    It is refreshing to find a modern story which represents the true meaning of God's Greatest Gift and exactly why He bestowed it upon us. His Gift of Love was not presented that first Christmas only to the rich, or the pure of heart, or those with proper manners and clean fingernails! Jesus, the Hope of mankind was given to us ALL! And the unabashed authenticity and eager receptiveness -- albeit at times frightening for the poor shepherds and baby angels (!!) -- with which the Herdmans receive, question and illustrate the Christmas story is uplifting. This book will make you laugh out loud. It will make you cry. It will make you think about your own worldview and motives. And then, it will make you laugh again.

    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a quick and easy read, appropriate for adults and children alike. While its true this is a short story, all of the characters are fully developed and genuinely likeable. Our entire family, including our preschoolers, has thoroughly enjoyed the humor, wry writing style and poignancy of the storyline held within these pages, as well as come away from each year's reading with newfound precious nuggets of Truth. Additionally, the simple black and white illustrations of the 1972 printing are quirky and lend a certain necessary "wild" element to the perception of the Herdmans; I wholeheartedly suggest that it is worth the time and effort to track down a copy of the 1972 edition.

    If you collect and enjoy Christmas books, then The Best Christmas Pageant Ever deserves a spot on your bookshelf. Read it together with your children every year and be blessed!
  4. Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love it!! A great message for ALL ages!!
    December 6, 2011
    Edie
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    I loved this book and find the message to be relevant to everyone!!!
  5. Southeastern, KY
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    cutest christmas story ever!!
    December 28, 2010
    suzzyq
    Southeastern, KY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    The story should remind all readers to not be judemental

    based wholely on what we see. God loves to work behind the scenes, even when all we see seems to be the worst in a person or a situation. God can and does make jewels from the roughest stones!!
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