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

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,258 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews

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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Oct 08, 2008 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
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
Blake G.
Feb 10, 2011 Blake G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2012 A_Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2011 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2015 Shan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My teacher in elementary school read Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to the class one year and we all loved it and couldn't wait each day for story time to find out what happened next. Many years later I remembered loving hearing all about the notorious Herdman kids and all their adventures. I found an old copy of it and shared it with my mom, my sister, and several friends. I did not even know Robinson had written any other Herdman stories. When I found out there were in fact ...more
Sam T
I absolutely loved this book. Sometimes you pick up a fantastic book that you can not put down. I was a little sad after, not having another book.
This book took place at a school, in present time. It was interesting to see that the Herdmans (6) passed there class on, how stupid they are. This shows that if you try you can pass your classes.
This book has a lot of stupid actions, this book had good detail. So, I enjoyed it. The part of this book that I did not enjoy was when the Herdmans used p
Nishi Banker
I did not like the book that much because it was not adventurous.
May 20, 2011 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i liked it a lot
Feb 04, 2015 Katri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book from my son's "battle of the books" list that I'm reading along with him. Maybe I would've enjoyed this book as a kid, but I hated it as an adult. I could only read one chapter at a time, and then I had to take a few days break from it.

I'm sure kids think the stories are hilarious, but I found them annoying. And sad--the stories are all about the Herdman family and how these kids mess everything up or just do really crazy things, most of which are not good. But these kids c
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
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

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.

Paula Stock
This is a cute story about a family with six children that causes nothing but problems in their school. Each chapter is a separate incident, but, of course, the Herdman children always end up winning! What I did NOT like about this book was the lack of parenting. It seems that these children's mother does nothing to maintain control, and there is no father in the picture. In fact, the narrator infers that the father left because the children were so bad. The book simply needs to be read with a g ...more
Jessa Julian
I definitely enjoyed this book! it has been a long time since I have read something so silly and so perfect for young readers.
I read this aloud to my children, who enjoyed it.

I was hoping to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", but it just didn't have the same depth of meaning. Although it did make an effort at having some meaning, it was mostly a collection of crazy stories about the naughty (and sometimes quite unbelievable) antics of the Herdman children.

Some of the situations in the story require a real stretch of the imagination to accept - like a girl bringing her little brother to cla
I did not know there was a second book about the Herdman's. It was enjoyable to read. My favorite part is always about their mean cat. I am not sure why, but I always get the giggles when I imagine their cat.
Cute and funny. I read this book for a mother/daughter book club. My daughter and I both enjoyed the book but I was let down that there was no real resolution. With the dysfunction of the Herdman family, I needed to see a light at the end of the tunnel but there didn't really seem to be one which turned a funny children's book into a depressing children's book in my mind. (My nine year old daughter did not see it that way though. And since she is really the target audience, I guess that speaks v ...more
Briana Thompson
This book is a great sequel to The best Christmas Ever, I read the Best Christmas Ever but never this one which is why i chose it. It starts out with an assignment already written on the board telling the students that they have an entire year to find compliments for everyone and maybe a couple extra for their partner, this task seems easy enough until you are partnered with some rather troublesome students like the Herdmans.
This is a funny book about the Herdman family from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." The Herdman kids are the same naughty, awful kids that cause all sorts of trouble at Woodrow Wilson School. The narrator of the story, Beth, has a class assignment to come up with compliments for every member of the class. Beth struggles to come up with compliments for Imogene Herdman.
Richard Ward
Jul 07, 2015 Richard Ward rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Can't recommend it much. Children might like it more than adults will.
Very disappointing, to say the least, sequel to the classic The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Where in the first book the Herdmans, the naughtiest kids in town, teach the good kids and adults new lessons about Christmas, this time the Herdmans just run wild, providing little more than annoyance and entertainment to the other characters in the book and to the reader. The book's lack of depth would be easier to forgive if the stories were better and the jokes funnier. If I'm doing the math right, 2 ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tries to touch you in the way the Christmas Pageant did and it falls short of its goal. The Heardman's antics are as hilarious as ever but it's conclusion is so dim compared to the first. It could have saved itself by not following the formula of the first, but you can't hate it for trying.

*** 3 STARS ***
Abby Hagan
Feb 21, 2014 Abby Hagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cliffside Park Public Library (NJ)
This book was about the Herdman family's children entering a brand new school year. These children were considered to be the outlaws in the school. The students were assigned a project from the teacher. They all had to come up with one compliment about each student in the class including the Herdmans. The students had to overlook the Herdmans unusual behavior to see something good in them. This was very hard to do for the students in the class. I would recommend this book for children to read. I ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, juvenile
This is a very special book for me, this was the first book I read that I actually enjoyed. Those who know me might be surprised to know that I didn't always like reading, in fact I kind of loathed it. I read books for school, but nothing I enjoyed. I was probably in the sixth grade when I picked this book up. I remember this light bulb moments where I thought "Oh my gosh! This reading thing can actually be enjoyable!" Ever since then I've been a big reader, I seem to get more veracious as the y ...more
Rebecca McCright
Jul 01, 2015 Rebecca McCright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it took me awhile to "get into" this book, it was a fun book to read. Robinson perfectly captures the voice of a sixth-grade girl who is more concerned about avoiding the class bully than whether her outfit is perfectly matched. It's a heart-warming story that proves that there is some good in everyone...even the bullies! This book would be a great addition to a 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade read-aloud list. Many of the early chapters can stand alone as short stories. The final two or three cha ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Eliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

The Herdmans!!! I mean, they may get into a lot of trouble and disbehave a little (lot) but they are so fun and creative and you can tell they just need someone to love them and give them attention. And they may occasionally remind me of me and my siblings....

I love that they all had to come up with at least one compliment for each student in their class-including the Herdmans.

Imogene Herdman finally showing a little bit of kindness towards someone by protecting baby Howard and not letting
Oct 01, 2011 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Sep 26, 2014 Aliyaha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. It seemed to me that it wasn't what I was expecting. But I do think that maybe some other children think this book would be great for them. This book didn't catch my attention as other usual books do. This book is not my favorite. Even though this book may not be for me, it might be the perfect book for you. THe subject of the book was very different from what I predicted. So I hope you take the chance to read this book because it might be your favorite!
K.C. Rivers
Jul 01, 2015 K.C. Rivers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, humorous
I had never read any of the sequels to “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” when I was younger and decided to give them a go now. I was not disappointed. Once again, Barbara Robinson managed to capture the thought process of elementary school with a thoroughly funny writing style. I would rank these right up there with Beverly Cleary, and that’s saying something. Highly entertaining, and with a great message for kids.
Sep 10, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children and Teachers
Shelves: childrens-books
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
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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
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