The year is 1960, and, as it is every year, the Christmas pageant at St. John's Episcopal Church, directed by Mrs. Elkins - who used to be in "The Theater" in New York, and who is tall and skinny, with hair the color of the orange part of a candy corn - is a very big deal. Doug is a shepherd this year, which is better than being a "Three King", because, for one thing, you get to carry a stick.
But there are problems everywhere. Doug's fellow shepherds are hacking around, which makes Mrs. Elkins yell at all of them; the girl he likes is playing Mary opposite a Joseph who is depressingly smart and athletic and cute; the family dog is doing very poorly, and they have no idea what they're going to tell Doug's little sister, Becky, who's playing one of the Host of Angels and who loves the dog more than anything; and his dad's just gotten a flat tire, which means they might not even get to the pageant at all.
But Christmas is a time of miracles. And for Doug and his family, this will be the most miraculous Christmas of all.
Dave Barry has been delighting readers for decades with his newspaper columns, nonfiction, novels for adults, and novels for children, but this book is something special: a story for all ages that will touch the heart and make you laugh out loud. And you may never look at a manger scene the same way again.
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"Barry is a crowd pleaser and doesn't disappoint with this tale." (Publishers Weekly)
I bought this to listen to with my 5 year old daughter. I thought it was funny but she just didn't get the jokes.
Audible recommends this for children ages 7 and under but I think the humor is more appropriate for children ages 8 to 12.
This book is funny and well read, good for adults and older children.
Our family listened to this book on the way to Portland, about a 1.5 hour trip. We loved it and hit repeat. Just as warning, there is a bit about boys announcing the girls on the bra list...but our 6 year old understood the teasing "boy" nature of this.
Great characters, we all have a "Mike".
All the reviews talked about how touching and funny this story was. Well I admit I didn't make it but about half way. The story was adolescent but not funny and all the touching stuff must be at the end.
Very funny and touching story about Christmas and dogs and family
Reminds me alot of "The Christmas Story"
I have listened to this at Christmas time for three years in a row and can't wait to listen to it again. You will laugh. You will cry. You will love it. Read by the author who is fantastic!
We stopped listening a little way in with our 6 year old as we heard a part that intimated that the parents of the child in the story were fixing up a bike in the basement that was supposed to be from Santa Claus....
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