The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Paperback)

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A family of wild ruffians teach the other church kids a thing or two about the true meaning of Christmas. This is a delightful, funny and altogether charming story perfect for the holidays. A fun read to share with young and old each year at this time.

Jane D.
— From The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


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.

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.

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

Praise For…

“One of the best Christmas books ever.”

“Wiry-tough, tender-hearted, unsentimental, and consistently funny.”

“This charming story delivers a fresh perspective on the nativity and is a beautiful reminder that God loves everyone.”

“Outrageous, lively, funny, and wonderful. The Christmas Story shines through with a new brilliance.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780064470445
ISBN-10: 006447044X
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 7th, 1988
Pages: 96
Language: English