The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Book Review)

Written by Michelle Watson

June 1, 2024

You’ll love it if
you’d like to read hands-down winner for best modern Christmas novel for kids

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By Barbara Robinson

Plot & Pacing
Writing Craft
Moral Value

A gang of troublemakers want to be in the church Christmas program. Hilarity ensues.

Seeing this play with my Brownies Troop was one of the formative events in my childhood. I still remember the girl who played Imogen swinging the baby Jesus doll around and Mrs. Robinson urging her to hold him like he was precious.

Reading this story was just as good as it’s ever been for me. It asks the question: What would happen if the neighborhood hooligans showed up at church and wanted to star in the Christmas pageant? What is a funny romp for kids is quite convicting for the parents who are reading it. At least it is for me.

My boys loved this book and laughed a lot. We read one chapter a day for a week, and it was a great experience.

Content warnings: The Herdman children smoke, steal, lie, and set things on fire, but it’s all melodrama, not real.


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