The Best School Year Ever
Barbara Robinson
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The Best School Year Ever (The Herdmans #2)

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The Worst Kids in the History of the World!

When anything goes wrong at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, from the hexing of Bus Six to the mysterious disappearance of the kindergarten gerbil, it's sure to have a Herdman behind it. The Herdmans are more than famous -- they're outlaws. They smoke cigars, lie, and set fire to things, and that's only when they bother to come t

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Published March 1st 1996 by Recorded Books (first published 1994)
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Growing up, one of my favorite books was Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pagent Ever." I read it at least once a year at Christmas and even convinced by parents to record the one-hour special version from television so we could watch it every year.

Now, I'm older and trying to find good books for my neice and nephew. Pondering the books I read as kid, I thought of "Best Christmas Pagent" and went looking for it at my local library to make sure it was age-appropriate for my niece. And that...more
Blake G.
My favorite part of this book was when the Herdmans took the baby and put tacktoos on him and charged every one twenty five cents to see the baby. The book reminded me of people like the Herdmans because they would always ruen every thing. I wonder why the Herdmans has such horrible behavior to mess every thing up, my favorite charecters were the teachers and parents because of what the teachers would always tell the students about the teacher room. I will recomend this book to a friend because...more
This story was by Barbara Robinson and performed on playaway by Elaine Stritch. It was approximately three hours long (9 chapters). Mrs. Kemp Beth's fifth grade teacher gives an unusual assignment the first day of school. The assignment is to think of compliments for each person in the class and a few more for the person you are partnered up with. These compliments must be about personal qualities, and/or some special characteristic this person holds. They have the whole year to observe each oth...more
I feel bad I'm only giving this 2 stars because my mom loved it and she gave it to us as a gift for Christmas. Sorry mom. I read it aloud to my children and I know they liked it more than I did. I felt the story line was discombobulated. The narrator referred to past experiences with the "Herdman's" so often that the story line seemed very choppy and at time to only be comprised of many short stories from the past and a few current events in the story.

So the premise of the story is that the main...more
Abby Hagan
I recently read The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson. I thought it was a very good book! The book is about this family who is full of trouble. There are five kids and they all are very bad, and get kicked out of a lot of places! Most kids don't like them...because they are mean nasty kids. If you read this book, you will laugh out loud!

I gave this book four stars, becasue I really enjoyed reading it, and I couldn't put it down! This book was so full of laughter, and it was such a gre...more
Although kids apparently like this book best of the stories about the Herdmans, I noticed more flaws. When trying to write this sequel, Robinson struggled to find a focus. Then one boy suggested she put the Herdmans in school, because after all this is where students spend most of their time. The first chapter therefore starts at Woodrow Wilson School. The chapter is a rambling one, which picks up only when Miss Kemp assigns the class to study one another. Narrator Beth Bradley, about whom we le...more
I am a fan of another book in this series (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever). I purchased a copy of that book for each of my students for Christmas this year. I thought I would prime them by reading this book first.

Like a lot of series for children, this book was alike. The problem is just like "A Christmas Story 2"; the author tried to re-capture the magic by replicating the story later. This wasn't nearly as magical as the first offering. It felt forced.

The moral, as it were, wasn't a lesson. W
Sep 10, 2009 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Children and Teachers
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When I finished reading this book aloud to my 3rd grade students most students gave it 5 stars.

Here's why students and teachers can enjoy this book. It's funny! It's full of moments that will get the kids groaning, laughing, and shrieking with surprise.

The kids love the Herdmans and who wouldn't they are memorable characters.

I found it to be a great read aloud for my students for the beginning of the year because it gives a great kid perspective to school and encourages kids to think about the...more

The Worst Kids in the History of the World!

When anything goes wrong at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, from the hexing of Bus Six to the mysterious disappearance of the kindergarten gerbil, it's sure to have a Herdman behind it. The Herdmans are more than famous — they're outlaws. They smoke cigars, lie, and set fire to things, and that's only when they bother to come to school!

Then a school project forces the students to think of compliments for all their classmates — including the Herdmans.

Maureen Milton
I read this short, funny, episodic novel with my 12-year-old and we both enjoyed it thoroughly. Taking place over the course of their 6th grade year, the stories focus on the narrator Beth's classmate, Imogene, one of the Herdmans, who "told lies and smoked cigars and set fire to things and hit little kids and cursed and stayed away from school whenever they wanted to and wouldn't learn anything when they were there." In the 6th grade, the teacher assigns "Compliments for Classmates" and, while...more
This is such a cute book! I was literally laughing out loud as I read it! I even shared some of the things that happened in the book with my sister and she got a good laugh as well. The story had qualities a young reader could totally learn from. It was a story in the perspective of a little sixth grade girl named Beth. She goes to school with kids from a family called the Herdmans. These kids terrorize the school, the town, and just about everyone in it. No one seems to like this family, and on...more
The heardmans are back and worse then ever! The herdmans have this funky cat that has one eye and the cat is so mean!They let the cat go places and if they tell the cat to attack then he will attack. Now they lie smoke cigars and they cheat and steal and do whatever they can to get out of trouble. they are the dirtiest kids you will ever meet. they are uncontrollabe they dont listen. they are the famous kids in there town. they could be your next biggest night mare. they set fire to everything t...more
Good book. Funny. A bunch of little Herdman anecdotes with still a good moral at the end that was easier for me to see coming. I think that is because I'm older now and am so familiar with the original book (and movie). It's not the best book ever written, but if you are a fan of the first book you just can't pass up the sequel! So glad I saw this on the shelf.

BTW: It really should not have taken me so long to read this book. In fact, I worked at a fairly steady pace--considering my current trou...more
Kaylen Matherly
This is a really good book that I would read with upper elementary grades. I would even like to use the lesson the teacher uses in the book with my own class as we read the book. I think it would be good for my classroom and help build a community.
Larry Aldridge
why do elementary school kids smoke cigars,lie,and set off fire to thing. why in all of your book there are kids doing bad things.why are there names the same in all of your books. when are they going to be good.
This is a funny book for 3rd or 4th graders, about the crazy Herdman kids who get into all kinds of trouble. The cover says "The hilarious sequel to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" which is mostly accurate. It is pretty funny at times, but just a little to outrageous for me, as the Herdman's antics come so quickly and so fast. I also felt that the ending didn't quite feel very complete to me. It just kind of stopped. It's been a long time since I've read or seen the movie for TBCPE, but I suspe...more
       ♥MarinaCNCA♥ goal for this week is to read 50 pgs. or more
2. i reached my goal because i read 60 pgs.
3.ihave so far read 80 pgs of the book
4.what happens n the story is that the herdmans the four children want money and to get it they do some really crazy stuff like they robb someones baby someone they know though so they will eventually give the baby back.but theey robb him and take him to their house paint his face and say come and wacth the incredible baby 00.25 cents they get the bay back and the...more
The writing style reminds me of an old woman who needs to find her glasses so she goes into the bedroom and sees the dirty laundry and remembers that she needs to change the wash so she goes into the laundry room and sees the broom and decides to sweep the floor but first she has to shake the rug and when she's outside with the rug thinks about what a nice day it would be for a picnic but she needs to go grocery shopping first for some food. But she needs to find her glasses to drive her car and...more
At first, I really liked the book, but when it kept going on as all Herdman, I got a little tired of it. Surely other kids at Woodrow Wilson are the stars of their own adventures, instead of just being Herdman stooges. Surely someone will learn to give no credence to anything a Herdman says. I also found the general plot (not the individual Herdman events) a bit predictable--of course the Herdmans would connive to be the only ones in the Fire Safety picture, of course the Herdmans never get thei...more
The Best School Year ever is a hilarious, cute, and funny book that kids all over a bound to enjoy. The Herdman kids are back in school and everyone knows that if there is trouble there is a Herdman involved somewhere. This book tells the tales of the mischief these kids are creating with their crazy pranks, destructive animals, and well almost every bad prank multiplied by 1000. But is there some kind of mystery behind these pranks? A way of sharing the Herdman kid's characteristics and qualiti...more
I really don't like this book (and I like most little kid novels). One of my students, who always had something to say, lost a lot of interest during this book, and at the end I asked him why he didn't like it. He basically said there was nothing happening. There's a lot of little kid voice rambling, but I don't really understand why because it doesn't move the story forward at all. The kids did really like to talk about how bad the Hendersons(?) were, but they weren't even all that interested w...more
Read this to my second graders at the end of the year. They could picture the Herdmans well...partly because of Robinson's description and partly because the Herdmans go to my school and one of them was in my class! (Just kidding, of course, but there were some similarities between the fiction and the fact):) There are a few parts that seemed a little dated, but we enjoyed this book. I was glad that in the end, there were even some good things said about Imogene. My students loved writing their...more
The Herdman's are back! This is a sequel to "The Best/Worst Chirstmas Pagent Ever", and although I didn't like it as much, it was still a very good book. This book takes place the same school year as the Chirstmas Pagent, but there is no refrence to the original story, so you don't have to read the first book to enjoy this one. It is told from the perspective of the same 6th grade girl, Beth, and she is joined by all the children from the original story. This is a book that any child in the elem...more
Liz Benitez
Interest Level: 3-5
Grade Level Equivalent: 5.4
Lexile Measure: 1020

Beth, the narrator of the story goes to Woodrow Wilson Elementary. Her teacher gives an assignment at the beginning of the year in which they have to find at least one compliment for a the classmate they pick out of the hat at the end of the school year. Beth gets Imogene Herdman, who is one of the bad kids at school along with her siblings. In the book, Beth narrates many events that happened that school year about the Herdman fa...more
Nick Shaffer
A great book that any kid would be able to relate too. Great in any classroom
Emily Bernd
This book would be great for fourth and fifth grade or even as a read aloud in the middle grades. Every student could relate to different parts of it and it is funny too.
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Being a big fan of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, I was a little disappointed in this book. It seemed to be a bit all over the place and, while I realize that the story took place over the course of an entire school year, it moved really fast, jumping from the first day to the last day very quickly! I was considering reading this one to my class as a read aloud, but I'm not sure they'd actually enjoy it after reading it, myself. Which is a terrible shame, since they loved the Herdmans last yea...more
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I grew up in a southern Ohio river town -- Portsmouth -- and that small town atmosphere has affected most of my writing.
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
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