Friday, December 16, 2011

111th Post - DejaVu

Today I'm participating in the DejaVu Blogfest. 
Otherwise known as The Day of the Do-Over!

Come back in time and have a look at a Christmas 2010 book Review.  

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson 
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | September 7, 1988 | Trade Paperback

Hey! Unto you a child is born!
The Herdmans are absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie and steal and smoke cigars (even the girls). They talk dirty, hit little kids, cuss their teachers, set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken-down toolhouse, and take the name of the Lord in vain. So no one is prepared when the Herdmans invade church one Sunday-and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

None of them has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation -- the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating-- has a lot of people up in arms. But the actual pageant is full of surprises for everyone, starting with the Herdmans themselves!Chapters/Indigo


Without a doubt this is one my top five favourite Christmas novels. I first stumbled upon it when it was made into a TV movie starring Loretta Swit and Jackson Davies. It was filmed in my hometown of Vancouver, BC and it immediately became one of our Christmas staples. Years later, when my children were a bit older I found it in novel form. I was out of this world with delight. I believe I was teaching grade 7 at the time and read it to my class during that Christmas season…..a tradition that carried on until I moved from classroom teacher to counsellor. I never could get through the reading without stopping to control my quivery voice and impending tears. I recall one student (who could have fit nicely with the Herdman clan) scooping up the box of classroom Kleenex and bringing it to this weepy teacher. "Here, Mrs. O. I think you need these!" How fitting that this story brought out such kindness in my student. If you haven't read this book and have a spare hour or two, it is so worth the time. It is a treasure. Many local theatre groups have performed this lovely story during Christmas and it is still my hope (albeit a fading hope as I move nearer to retirement) to have one of my schools present this story as their Christmas production.

Merry Christmas and…. 
Hey! Unto you a child IS born!
Carol (as in Christmas)

Here's a link to the original post - 

IF you haven't read the book, seen the movie, or been to a live production of the is worth adding to your must-do list!

Merry Christmas and I hope you've enjoyed this blast from my past!



  1. I'm thinking I need to reread this one to my daughter over her winter break. It opens up the true grit of the nativity so wonderfully. "Hey! Unto you a child is born!"

    Nice to meet you through this blogfest. I'm at #158.

  2. Merry Xmas to you too.

    Thanks so much for joining the Blogfest!

  3. It looks like a cute book. I'll definitely have to read it. Merry Christmas to you!

  4. I've heard nothing but wonderful things about this book. I really need to read it. thanks!

  5. That book sounds fabulous! Great re-post!

  6. Aw, I LOVE that story! What a childhood memory! We used to watch that movie all the time when I was a kid. Thanks for the blast from the past, and nice to meet you through this blogfest!

  7. I'm sic'ing my wife on it this weekend. She loves great holiday reads!

    Thank you for taking part today! Merry Christmas!! :)

  8. Merry Christmas!

    I'm a new follower visiting from the DejaVu blogfest. Nice to meet you.