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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Narrated by: C. J. Critt
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (718 ratings)
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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Classic

I forgot how funny this is! I should reread it every year.

I had a lovely, concise review and am now just trying to fill the word count minimum.

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My The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Review

If you in joy humor, than this is the book for you! This book is very funny!!!!!!

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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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Very good Christmas Story

wonderful alternative Christmas story. Love the narrator and character voices. five more words left to write.

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love it

It was a great book lived the author! The book was full of laughs. Loves the greatest Christmas pageant ever!😀

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Great Story

My family enjoyed this story and had some great conversations about some of the ideas in it.

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How good the book was

I enjoyed this book and was pleasantly surprised with it but I just wish it was longer and said more but good Christmas story and recommend it for Christmas

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  • Brent
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  • 12-28-18

A staple of our family Christmas tradition

We absolutely love this book. the author and narrator do so well at capturing the perspective and voice of a child while making profound observations about life and people in general. I would put this right up there with A Christmas Carol for re-centering your holiday celebration on what matters most about Christmas.

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Sweet Christmas Book

I really regret not reading this book to my kids when they were younger. It is lovely. It was perfect for a bit of Christmas nostalgia while doing some baking in December.