The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Herdmans #1)
"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. Josep...more
2012 reread: It's just not Christmas until you've cried over this book!
2013 reread: Managed to hold it together until the very last paragraph. My kids think I'm nuts for bawling at the end of every Christmas story I read them. One day I hope they'll be crying with me!
That's what Christmas is about, but it's so easy for longtime Christians to forget. We know the story of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, and we've memorized songs about angels and Wise Men. Somewhere along the line, it's easy for it to become rote knowledge, rather than something deep and profound that touches your heart.
But what would happen if you watched a whole family learn this glorious mystery? A family not filled with churchy people--in fact, filled wi...more
Upon reread, I've decided I still adore it with every fiber of my being. "Pshaw!" I say to those naysayers who think it's not religious enough. "Pshaw!...more
So I re-read this.
“The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world.”
Nothing says Christmas like a bunch of asshole kids taking over the Nativity play. Friends, The Herdmans are children I can get behind. They are bad kids and OWN IT. Totally my type of children. As you well know, I pretty much give in to all of my urges and this holiday season I had that urge to re-read The Best...more
Fantastic Christmas story. I know I've seen the movie at least a half a dozen times but hadn't remembered if I'd ever read the book, so I checked it out from the library and sat down to read it. A lightning fa...more
It's a classic story of a family of children who don't fit in because they are so different, and how they grow to fit in as their classmates begin to know and understand them. I love it--great to read any time, not just around Christmas!
The six Herdman kids are a handful – and then some. Their father disappeared a few years ago, their mother works a double shift, and the children are pretty much left to their own devices. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, hit little kids, cuss their teachers, and even set fire to a tool shed.
When they show up at Sunday school (because the thought there would be snacks) just as the Christmas Pageant is being cast, they quickly take over. No one else will volunt...more
I'd never read it before. I hadn't see the play, or watched it. I had heard about it - a lot. I could tell you the story line.
I remember hearing about this book when I was in 4th grade. Mrs. Blyler's class. She was having a conversation with other students about how good it was. They were shocked that I hadn't read it. That'd have been what,? 199...1? Yeah. 1991.
Barbara Robinson really captured something about humanity, and love, and compassion in this book. -The...more
I love this quote: "It suddenly occurred to me that this was just the way it must have been for the real Holy Family, stuck away in a barn by people who didn't much care what happened to them. They couldn't have been very neat and tidy either, but more like this Mary and Joseph (Imogene's veil was cock...more
And when I picked up The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever again after all these years, that feeling returned to me - but only until I remembered the Herdman kids. What was I thinking, I asked myself, when I promise...more
Unfortunately while the writing is excellent, the setting is dated. It evokes the old world of WAS...more
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a very short book, readable in under an hour easily. It's definitely the most I've laughed in a book in a long while. Since I r...more
The story introduces us to the Herdman family and we learn how terrible they are. (view spoiler)[This story shows that they redeem themselves in a small way and turn a virtual guaranteed disaster into a wonderful pageant experience for all. (hide sp...more
Our youth choir even did a performance of it one year for Christmas! ...Which turned out to be a less-than-wonderful experience. I was at the bottom of the rung, so the other 11 year olds and I got to watch a great number of older kids who couldn't act get main roles, while we were stuck...more
In this wonderful story, however, they aren't just children, they are the Herdmans - "...the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids." They also have never heard the Christmas Story before. They immediately grasp the truth in the B...more
Many of us have been a part of similar Christmas Pageants (I know I have)and were probably like the narrator and stood in the back row of the choir and never gave much though to the details of the story, just waiting for it to be over with.
But to have some one open your eyes to the reality of what really happened to Mary and Joseph and to question the why and the how can break away the vague familiarity of the myth-like story.
That is how the Herdman kids made thei...more
My parents are going to take the children to see the play this week and asked if we would read the book ahead of time.
I don't know if I've ever read it before; I've seen the play, though, so I knew a little of what to expect.
I did *not* expect uproariously funny, very tender and sweet, and thought provoking.
There were some portions where the author was making her point by excessive bad behavior on behalf of some of the characters, some of which I wasn't completely comfortable reading to the...more
I really love the humor and sentimentality of this book that teaches the lesson that we all have our own stories to tell and that we may surprise others if given a chance to shine. I'm sure I'll choke up when I'm reading the ending out loud; I always do.
**Just reread this with my son, Derek, and loved it even more. Had to change my rating to five stars :).
The reading is super easy, but I would not necesarily recommend it for really young kids. There is a lot of talk about murdering Jesus by Herod. Plus there is a joke where a mom complains they are talking about sex in church.
Anyway, it is a very funny book. I think everybody has known a family like the Herdman's.
My mother, widowed when I was three years old, taught school for forty-nine years in that same small town, and her major (indeed, only) extravagance was books. I grew up with, and quickly adopted, the notion that reading was the only way to fill up every scrap of loose time you...more