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Publisher's Summary

The Worst Kids in the History of the World!

When anything goes wrong at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, from the hexing of Bus Six to the mysterious disappearance of the kindergarten gerbil, it's sure to have a Herdman behind it. The Herdmans are more than famous, they're outlaws. They smoke cigars, lie, and set fire to things, and that's only when they bother to come to school! Then a school project forces the students to think of compliments for all their classmates, including the Herdmans. Is it possible that behind their outrageous pranks there may be something good about this crazy clan after all?

©2004 Barbara Robinson (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Readers...will enthusiastically welcome the return of the six cigar-smoking Herdman kids." (Publishers Weekly)

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Awesome and fun listen!

What made the experience of listening to The Best School Year Ever the most enjoyable?

The Herdman's are back with this fun, hilarious classic about very spirited children coming to your school. It's like Amelia Bedelia for third and fourth graders. Their antics leave you laughing!

What about Elaine Stritch’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen too. Miss Stitch's voice is clear and full of merriment just like the Herdmans.

Any additional comments?

You must listen to at least one Herdman book before you die. Though written for third and fourth graders, add this to your bucket list!

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Kids loved it, music awkward.

Great story and wonderfully read. Only comment is that the music between chapters is loud and continues while the actor reads for an awkward amount of time. Nothing smooth about the editing of the music.

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A funny way to paint a silver lining

This was a fun book that taught you to see the good in people in the most unusual way. My girls have listened to this story several times and giggle all the way through.

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The best school year ever

I loved this book i think it is a exciting series i would love too read more

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Don't Think Just Get It

This was really cool I bought all three 1st Book is always topped by the next. well worth any price. I'm 30 years old I enjoyed this so much I'm just surprised there aren't more of these.

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a great story!

the story was made even better by the narrator's gravely voice. you must read it!

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Great listen with kids

Really funny and great narration. We laughed out loud many times. Wish the author had written more books. The Best Christmas pageant ever is also wonderful

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Super story read very well

As the sequel to "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" this book brings us another story of the perpetually misbehaving Herdman children as told by Beth, one of the other children who goes to Woodrow Wilson Elementary School with the six of them. As a school assignment Beth has to find compliments for Imogene, compliments on her character, which needless to say, seems impossible at the beginning. The late actress Elaine Stretch lent her wonderfully gravelly voice to the story and made it even better.

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Fun! Fun, Fun!

The reader brought the characters alive and kept me laughing. Robinson's newest story did not disappoint. Keep them coming.
Fun!