Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Written by Barbara Robinson, Illustrated by Laura Cornell
Harper, 2011. Unpaged picture book.

This classic Christmas chapter book has been adapted into a wonderful picture book. Join the six Herdman children, "the worst kids in the history of the world," as they invade the annual church Christmas pageant. During rehearsals, they wreak havoc on the congregation with their unusual interpretation of the first Christmas. Imogene thinks that "Bill" is a more appropriate name for the baby Jesus, and Claude thinks that the Wise Men would be better off bringing pizza instead of perfumed oils. But on the night of the Christmas pageant, the Herdmans are on their best behavior and perform their parts with touching honesty. Barbara Robinson, the author of the original chapter book, has perfectly adapted the tale into a picture book that the whole family will love. Laura Cornell's illustrations capture the story flawlessly. This would make a great gift or Christmas Eve read-aloud!

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