MG Review of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 12, 2005)

Genre: Christmas

Source: My bookshelf

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

This is such a sweet book! I read this to my kids at Christmas time. It was a lovely reminder of the true meaning of Christmas and makes you think of it differently. My kids and I all loved the story and the underlying message it contains.

Content: A couple instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain.


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