First Line Friday (week 175): The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Posted December 27, 2019 by meezcarrie in children, Christmas, First Line Fridays / 11 Comments

Happy Friday after Christmas! And welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring the first line of one of my fave books, no matter the season – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. If you’ve never read this delightful story, you really must make that a goal for 2020.

And the first line is…

The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world.


Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.

This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so speci

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11 responses to “First Line Friday (week 175): The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  1. Kay Garrett

    My first line is from SWEET MAGIC the first of three novellas in –
    All Hallow’s Eve was fast approaching, and Abriana Bellaluna O’Neil couldn’t be happier about it.
    THE BAKESHOP AT PUMPKIN AND SPICE by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell and Allyson Charles

  2. The worst kids in the history of the world … that’s rough! Lol!

    Happy holidays!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first few lines from The Perfect Christmas by Bell Renshaw: I’m currently reading Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green so I’ll share a line from there.

    “It was a lie, Meg had realized years ago, that the end of the war meant the end of suffering.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend filled with awesome reading time. ?❤?

  3. This week on my blog I shared the first line from Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews but I’m currently reading Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (18) here: “Dust clouded Nate’s steps as he sloughed through a southwest section of the burned district.” Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy new year!

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