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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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ISBN13: 9780064402750
ISBN10: 0064402754
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Awards

ALA Notable Children's Book 1971-1975

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. 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. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.

Review:

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

Synopsis:

Called one of America's favorite Christmas stories, and now a classic television movie, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has been a favorite of young readers the world over since 1972. Funny, memorable, and outrageous, it is the story of a family of incorrigible children who discover the Christmas story for the first time and help everyone else rediscover its true meaning.

About the Author

Barbara Robinson was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, and now makes her home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Allegheny College, Ms. Robinson also received an honorary doctorate of letters from Allegheny.

Ms. Robinson has written several books for children, including My Brother Louis Measures Worms, The Best School Year Ever,and the critically acclaimed and enormously popular The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

The Best Christmas Pageant Everis now a classic TV movie, and the play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is produced annually in theaters, schools, and churches all over the country.

Ms. Robinson has two daughters, Carolyn and Marjorie, and three grandchildren, Tomas, Marcos, and Lucas.

In Her Own Words ...

I grew up in a small southern Ohio town, and began writing when I was in the fourth or fifth grade, as a hobby and for fun. I'm happy to say it's still fun today, probably because every book I write has to be a book that I also want very much to read. I'm like the reader who turns the page to see what happens next - except, of course, that the page is blank. But I then get to fill it up with whatever seems exciting, funny, scary, happy or sad ... and with characters who become as real to me as my next-door-neighbors - so real, in fact, that sometimes they just step in and show me 'what happens next.'

Since I'm one of those writers whose story ideas spring more from people than from plot, I spend a lot of time with my characters, so they tend to be people I like to spend time with - even the wild and woolly Herdmans, who inhabit two of my books, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and The Best School Year Ever. I have a special fondness for the Herdman adventures, probably because boys and girls have told me that these are their favorites, and that's the most important thing to me.

Since leaving my small town - though I don't think writers ever really leave the place where they grew up; certainly the flavor of a small town is present in everything I write - I've lived in Pittsburgh, Boston, and, now, in a suburb of Philadelphia where I write, read a lot (boys' and girls' books mostly because they're the best), walk two or three miles a day, watch baseball games and, when the mood is on me, bake terrific cookies!

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Colleen Klug, November 6, 2010 (view all comments by Colleen Klug)
If you were a friend of mine I can guarantee you would already have a copy of this book..I buy several every year and rack my brain to find someone new to share this wonderful story with...:)

The author also has a few other books out, all in the same vein...wild family of somewhat neglected('cause Mom is stressed, not necessarily mean...Dad is gone) kids...who somehow come through to teach us all a few things...with humor...lots of humor...:)
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Jennifer Short, November 28, 2007 (view all comments by Jennifer Short)
I discovered this book when I was in elementary school, but I make a point to read it each year. It's a hillarious story about a group of kids who have never heard the Christmas story decide they want to be IN a Christmas pageant. Hillarity ensues as this large family learns about why we celebrate Christmas and about giving to others. The whole Christmas program is turned upside down the year it's taken over by the Herdmans. The mother who was going to offer her baby to play the baby Jesus revokes the offer, and that's just the start of problems. There's the firemen being called for a 'fire' after one of the Herdmans smokes in the bathroom of the church, and so much more! A fast page page turner that will get even the most reluctant reader -- child or adult -- to become a bookworm for an afternoon!
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sumdea, December 20, 2006 (view all comments by sumdea)
I really like this book, it is humerous and has a great plot. The characters go through many trails to learn what the true christmas story really is.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064402750
Author:
Robinson, Barbara
Publisher:
HarperTrophy
Author:
by Barbara Robinson
Author:
Stritch, Elaine
Author:
by Barbara Robinson
Author:
Brown, Judith Gwyn
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Christmas
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Christmas stories
Subject:
Christmas -- Fiction.
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
106-404
Publication Date:
September 1988
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.61x5.30x.28 in. .20 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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