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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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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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Best!

Our happy memories of reading this book every Christmas were thrilled when it came up on Audible!

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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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Loved it

So Good I definitely recommend product. It's so so good I LOVED this book 😻😻😻.
I think everyone should listen to THIS Book i adored this book 😎😍😘 . I've listened to this book soo so so much 😍💖💖

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Awsme!

It was just amazing my favorite part by far was when Ralph punched imaging in the nose and imaging through a flower pot at Leroy because she was mad at Ralph and then with exploded The capital building that was just epic it was amazing .Love Gaston. P.S Belle if your out there I want you to now I still love you.

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😂funny😂🔙🔛🔝i

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Great book!!!

Growing up my mom would read this to us every Christmas. Now my family listens to it each year. Such a fun tradition! we love this book!!!

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Excellent!

I wish I’d have a chance to see such a real, touching pageant! Captures the truth that Jesus came for everyone, just as we are!