The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
TheBestChristmasPageantEver.jpg
First edition
AuthorBarbara Robinson
IllustratorJudith Gwyn Brown
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarper & Row
Publication date
1971
Pages150
ISBN0-06-025044-5
OCLC588978
Followed byThe Best Halloween Ever
 
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
TheBestChristmasPageantEver.jpg
First edition
AuthorBarbara Robinson
IllustratorJudith Gwyn Brown
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarper & Row
Publication date
1971
Pages150
ISBN0-06-025044-5
OCLC588978
Followed byThe Best Halloween Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (titled "The Worst Kids in the World" in Australia, New Zealand and the UK) is a book written by Barbara Robinson in 1971. It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children surnamed Herdman. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school's Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a nonconventional fashion. [1] Robinson first published the story in McCall's magazine before it was adapted into a book, which sold over 800,000 copies.[1]

Plays and Television[edit]

The book was adapted by Robinson into a play which was first performed on November 26, 1982 by the Seattle Children's Theatre.[2] The book was next adapted into a television movie on ABC in 1983, starring Loretta Swit. Robinson also wrote this adaptation's teleplay.[1]

The Herdmans were featured in two sequels, The Best Halloween Ever! and The Best School Year Ever.

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