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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Audiobook

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Publisher's Summary

The six Herdman children are “absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world”. They lie and steal and smoke cigars. They even burned down Fred Shoemaker’s old toolhouse. Now they’re taking over the Christmas pageant.

The Herdmans have never heard the Christmas story before, and they don’t know anything about shepherds or Wise Men. When Imogene hears about the swaddling clothes, she demands to know why anyone would tie up a baby and put him in a feedbox. Leroy, Claude, and Ollie are planning on a gift that means much more than gold, frankincense, and myrrh - the ham from their Christmas basket.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, now also a television movie, has been a favorite of children and their parents since 1972. As C.J. Critt’s spirited narration captures the lively and outrageous spin that the Herdmans put on the Nativity scene, listeners will delight in this unusual and refreshing interpretation of Christmas.

©1972 Barbara Robinson (P)1997 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Elaine Stritch shares all of it like the best small-town gossip, and the voices of kids and grown-ups alike are real and, more importantly, funny. Events reel out at a breakneck pace, but Stritch's narration stays steady and in control." (AudioFile)

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    Mary 12-24-12
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    I have both copies of this -- the narration by Elaine Stritch is better. It's my favorite of the two. If you're going to purchase one -- get that version. I love the story, love the sentiment. And it's pretty darn funny, too! It's an annual tradition at our house.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AnnieS 12-10-15
    AnnieS 12-10-15

    Proud Canadian who loves Jesus, Dogs, Country Music, Lilacs, Gregory Peck movies and audio-books with a HEA.

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    "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

    This was one of my favorite stories from my childhood. The narrator did a wonderful job. It reminded me of story time when the librarian read to us.

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    The Dark Side 01-26-17 Member Since 2013

    I have literally a few thousand audible books, I have Parkinson's, always an avid reader. I tend toward horror, paranormal, love Vampires .

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    "A great book, and a lesson on not judging people."
    Where does The Best Christmas Pageant Ever rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not the best or worst. But the best of the Christmas books I've listened to .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The creativity and improvivision used during the play. I loved it was a very touching yet humorous story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part of the story involving baby Jesus in the nativity scene.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and being a rather short book my husband and I were able to listen together.


    Any additional comments?

    I would read this book again, it's probably going to be listened too many years during the holidays.no one would regret listening to this book. We bought several Christmas books this year and this was our very favorite.

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    Chris Noon Harrisburg, NC United States 01-08-17
    Chris Noon Harrisburg, NC United States 01-08-17
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    "Great Book"

    I loved how even the most intolerable kids could come to love Jesus! If you haven't read this it is a MUST

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    Amy W. 12-23-16
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    "Christmas read aloud"

    We love this poignant and heartwarming story about Christmas! It makes you laugh yet cry all in the same few pages.

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    JavaMama2 12-21-16
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    I can't believe my 6 and 8 yo boys in 2016 loved this book that was written in 1972! What a timeless story about who Jesus was, how he came, and who he came for. And it was funny. You wont regret this one!

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    Juli J. 12-18-16
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    this is a great story for both kids and adults to enjoy at Christmas or anytime of year

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    Daniel Roberts 12-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    I just love this story. It is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Such a sweet story of the worst kids in the town realizing the true story of Christmas.

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    Mindy Lloyd 02-27-16
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    "Love love love!"

    One of most memorable and favorite Christmas stories of all time!! Recommend to everyone who might expirence Christmas

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    Amazon Customer 02-24-16
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    "A funny, sweet, heartwarming story"

    "...and a little child shall lead them."
    Here's the story of Christmas, seen fresh through the eyes of some very surprised and surprising children,l so we can all see it anew.

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