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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Elaine Stritch

1 Hours 25 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

July 2005

Audio Book Summary

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.

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  • Dena Jensen

    My children (ages 13-7) all enjoyed this story. It is a good choice for family listening. Story is short and funny, so should appeal to adults as well.

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  • ALAN W.

    First time hearing this funny story for me. My wife has many fond memories of this story being a part of her childhood. Our whole family enjoyed. Great story and the author’s read was entertaining.

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