Childhood Gems

The Best School Year Ever

Barbara Robinson

The Best Halloween Ever

Barbara Robinson

This month has been a wonderful revisiting of books Ioved as a child: The Herdmans by Barbara Robinson.
My mother is an elementary school teacher and every year at christmas she reads The best Christmas pageant ever with her class and that´s how I got hooked.

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie,
steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared
when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take
over the annual Christmas pageant.

None of the Herdmans has ever
heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale —
the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating
— has a lot of people up in arms.But it will make this year's pageant
the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever
. (Powell´s Books)

The Herdman books, for luckily there are two sequels, are the funniest most satirical children´s books I have read so far. I read the first book at least four times each year when I was a kid, they present the Herdman kids as horrible and dirty but also imaginative and loveable and the narrator describes their antics in such a hilarious way that I can´t stop laughing out loud even now years later.
The second book is about a school year and the third about Halloween and only came out in 2004 and was what made me rediscover these childhood gems. I bought all three of them and am sad that I´m already nearly throught the last one. Guess I´ll read them again during the holidays!

So for everyone who doesn´t already know them, I can only recommend reading them as soon as possible, the Herdmans make for a wonderful afternoon.

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3 thoughts on “Childhood Gems

  1. They really are wonderful 🙂 I started reading them when I was in second grade, that would make me 7. And I checked the back of the book, it says age 8 and up so your oldest should be fine. But my mom read the first one to us when I was still in kindergarten, so you might want to read one yourself to see if you can read them to your 5 year old.

  2. Thanks Bina. Will have a look out for them when I am doing my Christmas shopping. I am always looking for unusual books for my nieces (6, 8 and 10yo) as well. They live a long way away from us so never know what they already have.

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