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A unique and entertaining spin on an age-old tale.

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Adult Written byqwertyuiop April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byChucknorris443719 December 19, 2010

Great for reading in class, 7+ ages.

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Educator and Parent Written byCommonSenseChristian May 5, 2015

Take the Family to This Christmas Pageant

The Herdmans are the absolute worst kids in the history of the world. Okay, maybe not the world, but they're certainly awful. They lie, steal, hit, take the Lord's name in vain, cuss out their teachers, smoke cigars (even the girls), and wreak havoc wherever they go. So naturally, when they show up at church and volunteer to play the lead roles in the Christmas pageant, everybody thinks it will be a disaster. But narrator Beth Bradley's mother, who's subbing for the original director, is determined to make this the best pageant ever, Herdmans or no Herdmans. She actually succeeds--or rather, the Herdmans do it for her. You see, they've had no exposure whatsoever to church or the Christmas story. So what a lot of Pharisee-like church members see as sacrilege are actually valid points. Why would Mary be consigned to give birth to the Son of God in a barn--where's Social Services? Shouldn't somebody show Herod who's boss? What do a bunch of shepherds have to do with anything? What if the Wise Men squealed to Herod about the baby Jesus' location? What the heck are Mary and Joseph gonna do with a bunch of fragrant oils--why don't the Wise Men give them something practical, like, you know, a ham? As Beth says, all these questions give her plenty to think about, and the rest of the church as well. As noted, the Herdmans are not good fictional role models for your kids. Being in the Christmas pageant doesn't improve their behavior, either. Several church members don't act any better, behaving as if the Herdmans exist only to ruin everything (self-fulfilling prophecy, anyone)? In general though, this is a sweet story with a few rough edges that will give your family some fresh perspective on an age-old, treasured story and tradition.
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Parent of a 7 and 9 year old Written bykanej December 4, 2009

Perfect for all Ages.....

Learn the meaning of christmas and get a good laugh in the process.
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Kid, 9 years old March 21, 2010

READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Book is awesome so read it. But the movie Sucks
Kid, 9 years old September 19, 2012

cute but rated R

this book has bad language and i was VERY surprised .if your under 12 dont read it.the bad words were se...and hell
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Kid, 10 years old December 4, 2009

its GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i think it is a great book and u should read it
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Kid, 9 years old December 10, 2013

The best Christmas pageant ever

It is a very good book for kids 8 and up.
Teen, 13 years old Written byleftbehindcrazed8 December 23, 2010

love this book, and the movie

I loooove this book! In 3rd grade, my teacher read this to our class. There are strong positive messages, and the Herdmans who had horrible behavior at the beginning, change their ways and learn the true meaning of Christmas.
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Teen, 13 years old Written bythemdawg July 14, 2010

NOT APPROPRIATE

too much talk about BAD words and other stuff i shouldnt have read at age10
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old March 23, 2010

well-written story

Its funny and well-written. This story makes you think... and I like thinking books