This version is the PLAY, not the original book. I wish the description was a little clearer about that. I don't mind reading plays, but it is a bit cumbersome when reading stage direction at bedtime reading to small kids....
This was the illustrated, terribly dumbed down version of the chapter book I love and have read to my children many Christmas's past. The illustrations are cute and would be lovely to include in the full text version. This has had cut all of the meaning and interesting interactions with the Herdmans; it gives a flat run-through of what happened at certain times, then leaps to how a situation affected the characters, but not why it affected the characters. This is in effect a poor summary of the original story. The original book made me cry because it was so touching, this book made me cry because virtually all that was good has been removed, and children are being short-changed by this drivel.
"This picture book introduces the infamous Herdman clan, "the worst kids in the history of the world," to children not yet old enough to sit through a reading of the beloved 1972 novel, which was also adapted into a made-for-TV movie in 1983. For adults who may not know the story, we'll recap: the notorious Herdman siblings, after suddenly showing up for Sunday school near Christmas one year, take over all of the leading roles in the church's annual Christmas pageant - and the results are simultaneously disastrous, hysterically funny, and heartwarming." Picture Books December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=584229
Although I don't really practice Christianity anymore...I still love this book. My family had it when I was a kid and I would read it even during the summer because it is just such a fun read. Short and sassy. The Herdmans rock! Shazam!
This is a great book to read to children who don't know the birth of Christ story as well as Christian children because the pagent is explained.
I gave it 3 stars because I don't like the illustrations, but that is personal preference.
If a child can read chapter books, go for the unabridged version of this book. It is only 90 pages long.
I'd forgotten just how funny and touching this was until I read it again tonight. A great read-out-loud book for elementary school children or even young-at-heart adults too!
One of the best Christmas stories ever! The Herdmans (the worst kids in history of the world) will stay with you a long time.
THOSE HERAD MENS R SO FUNNY
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