"The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world." So begins The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson. When the Herdmans hear there is food available at church, they show up to Sunday school, and volunteer to be in the annual Christmas pageant. The Herdmans have never heard the nativity story, the other children are afraid of them, and the regular pageant director is out with a broken leg. The pageant is in danger of being a disaster.
This little book is only 80 pages long, and reads very quickly. It is hilarious and touching at the same time, as the reader sees the Christmas story through the fresh eyes of the Herdman children. They put their own spin on the annual pageant, and in doing so, make those around them think about the Christmas story in new ways.
I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this book. Author Barbara Robinson grew up in a small town, and says that influenced her writing. Her fast paced style and quick wit make this book a great Christmas read for all ages.