The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara RobinsonLaughs 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.
Barbara Robinson dies at 85; wrote ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’
Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. 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. The Christmas Story shines through with a new brilliance. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world.
It tells the story of six misfit children who volunteer to star in their town's Sunday school Christmas pageant , and end up teaching the town the true meaning of Christmas. The book is narrated in first person perspective by the unnamed daughter of the pageant's director. The six Herdman children - Imogene, Ralph, Claude, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys - are juvenile delinquents notorious for their rowdy misfit behavior, including cigar smoking, cussing , drinking jug wine , and shoplifting. Despite their poor performance, the Herdmans steadily pass through elementary school since holding any one of them back would mean having two or more of them in the same grade. They go to Sunday school for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. The narrator's mother is flabbergasted when they all volunteer for the lead roles in the Christmas pageant: Mary Imogene , Joseph Ralph , the Three Wise Men Claude, Ollie, and Leroy , and the Angel of the Lord Gladys , the last of whom likens her role to a character from Amazing Comics.
She was Robinson was born and grew up in southern Ohio, in the river town of Portsmouth. She graduated in ; in she married John Robinson; their family grew to include two daughters. Robinson made her home and worked in Berwyn, Pa. In she published her first book for children, Across from Indian Shore Lothrop, o. In the novel, the Herdmans, none of whom has ever heard the Christmas story, offer their own wild and irreverent interpretation when they take over the annual holiday pageant one Sunday at church.