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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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Favorite Piece of Christian Literature

I love this book. I listen to it ever year at Christmas time. C.J. Critt does one of the most perfect narration jobs I’ve ever heard. The subject matter really hits close to home. Written in 1972, it really is a commentary on how a middle class church of the time views it’s self and the poor in their community. I doubt the author was meaning for it to be a commentary, which, I think, makes it even read more true. And, though the language used to describe overweight people is outdated, and frankly mean, this is my favorite piece of Christian literature. I tear up every year, and there is a great lesson to be learned.

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I just don't like the book it's boring and I didn't find it that fun

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I’ve heard this a thousand times and it never gets old

This is my all time favorite Christmas story! I love the movie but it barely does the book justice!!!

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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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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.