I think I first encountered Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever when a teacher read it to our class. I’m not sure exactly which grade I was in when this happened, but I do remember I found the story of the Herdman clan invading the annual Christmas pageant a lot of fun.
I think I checked this book out of the library at least a hundred times growing up. Of course, it got very popular during the Christmas season, so I’d get in my seasonal reading of the book in early to late November each year.
The Herdman family comes from the wrong side of the town. They’re dirty, rude and have a terrible reputation. Somehow the Herdman family catches wind of the annual Christmas pageant and shows up for tryouts, bullying their way into some of the prime roles in the play. As rehearsals unfold, the Herdman family proves to be disruptive, leading up to a funny performance. Continue reading