When I was in the eighth grade, a substitute teacher read the class the
opening chapters of this story instead of teaching us math. I was totally
entranced (unlike all my other classmates) and a couple of decades later when I
came across the book in the library I had to finish it. Now I read it every
year at Christmas. This is a story about why we need to look beneath the
surface and think about the things we think we know everything about and how
one small town is forced to do this when a bunch of troublesome kids manage to
take over the annual Christmas play. This is a book that can bring both peals
of laughter out of your throat and tears to your eyes and it can be enjoyed by
the whole family from the youngest toddler to the eldest grandparent.
I've long enjoyed The Best
Christmas Pageant Ever so it was true a pleasure to stumble across this sequel. Like the first book, this story revolves around the horrible Herdman children who despite being bad
in most conventional senses of the word always seem to make things come out
better by the end of the story. For me, these are nostalgia tales, although
they’re actually written about a time a generation or so before my own childhood.
But if you want a simple morality lesson that comes just slightly from the
side, and you enjoy a few laughs along the way, you’ll like this series.
This is a classic children’s story about a young mouse and a young boy
who share a love of motorcycles and a strong desire to be grown up. It was a
delight to discover how engaging this story remains forty years after I first
read it. The chapters unfold with simple clear prose and a captivating
storyline built on strong personalities that everyone—young and old—can relate
to people in their own lives. Two scenes still stood out strongly in my mind
even after forty years and they were even more exciting than I remembered them.
In one, Ralph (the mouse of the title) desperately tries to escape the laundry
basket before he can be dumped into the washing machine; and in the other he
engages in an even more desperate struggle to transport an aspirin to his young
human friend who is sick with a fever. This sort of imagery helps to build a
wonderful dramatic story that you can enjoy by yourself or with the whole