The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Picture Book Edition
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Number of Pages: 32
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 10.00 X 10.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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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.
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.
Phyllis Kilian5 Stars Out Of 5Best kids' book ever!!November 16, 2015Phyllis KilianQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read this book when my children were in middle school, and it's been my favorite ever since. I just bought one for my grandson to read. His older sisters saw it and each commented on how much they had enjoyed reading it.
vic5 Stars Out Of 5Holiday TreatDecember 27, 2014vicQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great story for the entire family.
EvieFloridaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is the most precious Christmas story.February 8, 2012EvieFloridaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Adults and children alike will enjoy this very funny, but precious Christmas story.
New Horizons Lutheran ChurchWellington, OhAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love this storyJanuary 11, 2012New Horizons Lutheran ChurchWellington, OhAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
Kimberly BatesWadsworth/Sharon, OHAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5This is What the Christmas Story is All About!December 29, 2011Kimberly BatesWadsworth/Sharon, OHAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleBe 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!